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Stick Stunt Biker

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Big air + big crashes = pretty big fun.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Stick Stunt Biker wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

Even the early levels of Stick Stunt Biker are quite challenging and may take several tries to get through. This could cause frustration for some players. The controls are well laid-out, though, and intuitive.

Violence & scariness

When you wreck -- and you will frequently -- your rider's body will crumple when it hits the ground, with arms and legs flailing then spasm. In advanced levels, the rider's body shatters into parts. There's no blood, though.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

One level is called "Big Balls."

Consumerism

A "more" button on the main menu takes you to a list of other games by the publisher. Once you're there, there's no way to access the main menu again until you've cycled through all four of the games. Hitting anything other than the "next" button will take you to the game's iTunes page. Some games are advertised as interstital ads between levels. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

App details

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

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck September 18, 2010

Simple game us fun, but chalanging.

The crashes are fun and the gameplay is fun.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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