Stickman Snowboarder

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Tutorial lacking as Stickman's semi-violent tricks continue.

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Educational Value

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

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. 

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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.

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What 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.

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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?

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. 

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