A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Stick Stunt Biker is a racing game that's as much about the crashes as it is the stunts. A stick figure riding a motorcycle performs Evel Knievel-style jumps, soaring into the air and often landing in a heap of limbs and motorcycle parts if the player doesn't stick the landing perfectly. The game uses "ragdoll" physics, meaning the stick figure driver's body bends in unnatural ways when it lands wrong. It's not particularly scary, though -- and the use of the stick figure makes the crashes more cartoon-like. The game can connect to the Open Feint network, which has live open chat, so parents might want to discuss keeping that feature turned off with kids.
What's it about?
Players face a series of challenging obstacle courses and attempt to not fall on their face. By touching the screen, the rider accelerates, while tilting the device steadies him in the air, allowing him to come down for a clean landing. It's easy in theory (and experts can perform tricks), but in execution, it quickly proves difficult. Players have no idea of what courses await them, since the game lacks a mini-map.
Is it any good?
Stick Stunt Biker is an over-the-top racing game that makes motocross look like a ride around a parking lot. The game features impossible jumps and bone-shattering crashes in a cartoon manner that is actually a lot of fun, at least for a while. It's not an easy game, but the frustration of failure is mitigated by the cringe-inducing experience of seeing the stick figure racer tumble to the ground. The app might use a realistic physics engine to portray those crashes, but there's nothing close to real about the rest of the game. It's fun initially, but after a while, the repeated crashes get old and the varying tracks don't really incentivize you to keep playing. Ultimately, Stick Stunt Biker is a fun diversion, but nothing that will top your list of favorite apps.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: physics
- Price: Free-$1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Release date: August 26, 2010
- Category: Racing Games
- Publisher: Robert Szeleney
- Version: 1.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later, Android 2.0.1 and up
- Last updated: August 25, 2016
For kids who love racing and puzzles
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