Steppy Pants

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fun but frustrating walking sim with in-app purchases.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Mechanic is simple but very difficult to master. Instructions appear as simple phrases, and there are no tips to help frustrated players improve.

Violence & Scariness

Character face-plants onto the sidewalk when he steps on a crack, and he gets hit by cars and blown up by TNT boxes in cartoon-style ways. Some of the characters -- such as the convict or skeleton -- may seem scary or inappropriate for young players.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

In-app purchases ($0.99 to $2.99) for character changes and accessories easily visible by clicking on the main game screen; no parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Steppy Pants takes the old walking game of "don't step on a crack" to a whole new level. Players walk their character down a sidewalk with either long strides or tiny steps and try to avoid the sidewalk cracks and other obstacles. An ungated in-app purchase option can be used to buy different characters, clothing, and character heads. There's some cartoon violence, such as when the player gets hit by the car or steps on a box of TNT, and some parents may consider a few of the character choices, such as the convict, zombie, and skeleton, too scary-looking or inappropriately themed for young app users. Kids can share gameplay photos to whatever social media is enabled on the device. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byRichrod23 July 8, 2016

Addicting !! Funny

Funny game and addicting they just added a 10 sec Ad screen link that you can tap through but is annoying. I understand Steppy is getting recogniztion and I... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Press play and tap or slide one finger slightly (or even less than slightly) on the screen to make the STEPPY PANTS player move forward while stepping over cracks in the sidewalk. When your character steps on a crack (and he will) you have to go back to the nearest checkpoint that you've reached. Tap on the "Special Delivery" icon to open a package and get coins. Once you have enough coins, your character flies onto a pod that contains a new item of clothing, a helmet, or something else that changes his look. Use an arrow key at the bottom of the screen to create an instant replay and share on social media.

Is it any good?

Though it initially balances frustration with success just enough to hook the player, the unpredictable controls and frequent failure might make it less than fun for some kids. If kids can stand the initial high-level frustration, there's definitely more skill to be developed here than in the similar game Crossy Road. When players learn how to time the Steppy Pants guy's strides and correctly decide if they should be stretched long or take teeny-tiny steps, walking starts to get easier. Getting a "delivery" of coins to change your character's look adds to the reward of making it further down the street. The instant replay and ability to create a GIF from gameplay is fun, too, though parents may not want their kids sharing to social media. It's also important to set expectations around purchases since there's no parent gate.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases and set expectations around them before downloading. 

  • Talk about how to manage frustration in games such as this that require more patience at first. Can you take a deep breath and shake it off when you get too frustrated? How about walking away and doing something different for a while?

  • Just for fun, try to walk like the Steppy Pants character in real life (but with more awareness of obstacles and cars, of course!). Can you avoid the cracks? How long of a stride can you and your kid take without falling over? Take some tiny, cartoon-like footsteps.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional-app purchases from $0.99 to $2.99)
  • Release date: June 9, 2016
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 74.90 MB
  • Publisher: Super Entertainment
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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