Stickman Base Jumper

Common Sense Media says

High-flying game challenging but not overwhelming.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Players simply need to tap the screen at the right time to get Stickman to walk, run, or jump (whichever is appropriate). The difficulty comes in learning how to estimate the trajectory of the fall -- and when to pull the cord on your parachute. 

Violence

Stickman screams when he hits the ground (or runs into the side of a building) and users hear a crunching sound obviously meant to be his bones. There's no blood, however. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Ads display other games by the developer. Players can also purchase an additional collection of "night jumps" for 99 cents. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Stickman Base Jumper is a sports arcade game that simulates a highly dangerous real-world activity. Players will die often as they figure out how best to time and position a jump, resulting in them hearing their on-screen character scream in pain as his bones shatter. (All sounds can be turned off in the game's options menu, but if you want music, you'll have to handle the screams as well.) Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Stickman Base Jumper wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Stickman Base Jumper wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players try to land a jumper in a narrow landing zone via a series of taps. Tap once and the jumper starts walking back on the roof, with markers showing the running head start he'll take. Tap again and he begins running toward the ledge (longer runs equal longer distance jumps). Tap a third time as he reaches the end of the platform to jump, then tap a final time to deploy his parachute. You must land within a certain amount of time. Landing closer to the center of the landing zone earns you stars, which can be used to unlock other jumps.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Of all the Stickman games, Stickman Base Jumper is the one that's easiest for people to pick up and play, since it discards the standard "balance in the air" formula and reduces gameplay to a series of taps. Some fans of the series might grouse about this, but it makes for a game that is fun to play without being too overwhelming.

It's still challenging, but the controls are done masterfully and there's no real penalty for dying -- and if you do, you immediately want to try again.  

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Release date:September 8, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Size:21.60 MB
Publisher:Robert Szeleney
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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