Stickman BMX

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Good replay value but poor controls; some violence.

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Educational Value

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

Ease of Play

There are only two buttons used to control the game, but one has to be pressed repeatedly, which gets tiresome. The game is not especially forgiving on missed jumps, either.

Violence

The game has your biker ride in some perilous levels, including one with spikes and demons. There's no blood, but whenever you miss a jump and face-plant, your biker screams in pain. (The scream can be turned off in the options menu.) 

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Consumerism

In-app purchases are prominently pushed. Players can pay to unlock all of the levels, launch a "shadow" mode (where you race a "ghost" version of your character) or buy a skateboard to play the game with a different mode of transportation. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stickman BMX is a platform sports arcade game that lets player control a stick figure biker through a series of stunt-filled obstacle courses. Players will probably fail often, subjecting their on-screen alter ego to a series of crashes -- and even likely deaths -- but the violence is generally cut off at a scream (which can be turned off in the options menu). The game also features several in-app purchase options ranging from 99 cents to $1.99 to extend the game or let people bypass troublesome levels. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. An iPad-only version called Stickman BMX HD is also available in the App Store.

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Kid, 11 years old August 4, 2011

addicting

an addicting game that's fun for younger kids. There is no violence except when he falls he screams
Kid, 10 years old August 31, 2011

BMX

my little cousin plays this and hes really good at it

Is it any good?

Physics-based games -- even platformers like STICKMAN BMX -- are incredibly dependent on the controls. If they're done well, the games can be tons of fun. If they're not, frustration often sets in. Unfortunately, they're not spectacular with this app. The game takes a page from Sega's Sonic series, in that it constantly moves you forward in a difficult series of courses, but to conquer them, you're required to constantly press a pedal button, which is a quick way to get a sore wrist. It's also directly responsible for many lost games if you're not pressing fast enough. The game isn't terrible, though. There are plenty of levels to explore and loads of replayability to gather all the medals. But ultimately, the control issues are likely to convince you to stop playing long before you get to that point.

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