Stickman Snowboarder

Common Sense Media says

Tutorial lacking as Stickman's semi-violent tricks continue.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are only two buttons in the game, but this is a title that is not forgiving on missed jumps or timing errors. There's also no real tutorial, so players have to figure out what those buttons do on their own. 

Violence

Stickman screams when he slams to the ground. That sound can be turned off in the options menu, however. He also is occasionally chased by the police and, in one area, jumps over a series of spinning blades. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can purchase new "rides" -- different sorts of winter sports equipment like skis and toboggans -- for $3. Additionally, they can pay to unlock "expert" levels for the same price. None of these can be unlocked through in-game performance and must be purchased to be used. The developer also advertises other games from the main menu. The free version of the app is limited to eight levels, vs. the 60+ in the full game.

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. With iOS 5, 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 Snowboarder is a platform sports action/arcade game where players navigate a daredevil snowboarder through a series of cliffs, rails, and other obstacles. When players fail at those jumps, their on-screen alter ego dies with a scream (which can be turned off in the options menu). The game also features an in-app purchase option to buy other winter sports equipment, but it's not overly intrusive. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. An iPad-only version called Stickman Snowboarder HD is also available in the App Store.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Stickman Snowboarder 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 use two buttons to accelerate and jump in an increasingly difficult series of courses. By pressing the arrow on the left side of the screen rapidly and continuously, they gain speed, while the right button propels them into the air to do tricks. They have five lives for each course and can restart from checkpoints when they lose one, but if they lose all five, they must restart from the beginning. Players are rewarded for getting a high score on a level, completing it without dying, and collecting all of the tokens on each level.

Is it any good?

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The Stickman franchise has never been an easy one, so it's hard to figure out what the developers were thinking when they decided not to include a tutorial in Stickman Snowboarder. The gameplay is fairly basic, but the barebones instructions don't really help new players out. Those who stick with it will find a sense of sameness to the levels, which get harder but lack anything interesting like power-ups or shortcuts. 

While in-app purchases are fairly frequent these days, the game doesn't give players an opportunity to unlock the new content through in-game performance, which seems greedy. It's not a terrible game, mind you. It's just one that seems to fail to live up to its potential. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free-$1.99
Release date:August 1, 2012
Category:Sports Games
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Size:24.40 MB
Publisher:Traction Games
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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