Stickman Cliff Diving

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Simple, amusing time killer, but replay value is limited.

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Ease of Play

The only controls in this game are two buttons -- one is to jump off the cliff and the other is to somersault while in the air. The game may at times appear overly complicated, with instructions telling players to jump at a certain angle and hit the water with certain precision, but in the end those details don't really matter. All players need to do is time their somersaulting so they land in the water gracefully as opposed to doing a belly flop.

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Stickman jumps off cliffs, but lands injury-free in water.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Stickman Cliff Diving is a casual game in which players send a stick figure off a cliff, perform as many spins in the air as possible, and land in the water below as gracefully as possible. Although presented with ludicrous, crude stick-figure graphics, the game is displayed as some sort of professional competition, as a panel of judges rates the performance of each dive. The "professional competition" aspect, combined with the unrealistic graphics, drive away any sense of danger from jumping off the cliff. Moreover, if players land unsuccessfully in the water, the worst that happens is they will receive a poor score. Never is there an indication that the stick figure competitor is or can be injured.

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Is it any good?

STICKMAN CLIFF DIVING is a small, simple game from an independent developer that has attracted millions of players because of its easy-to-play, amusing, unique style. It is very basic in its presentation, which is to be expected given its name and low price. It's best described as a time-killing game, meant to be played in short bursts rather than for hours on end. There is some skill involved in timing the jumps and aerial maneuvers just right, which some players could spend time trying to get just right. For the most part, however, it is not a skill that can be perfected, and as such the game loses a bit of its replayability. Nevertheless, the compellingly crass visual style and humorous addition of judges scoring such an unofficial activity give this app the edge it needs to stand out a bit.

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For kids who love arcade games

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