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Swing Rider!

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Safe and easy racing game dragged down by loads of ads.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple controls and is easy to learn.

Violence

While the player can fall to the ground, there's no blood or gore.

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Consumerism

There are static ads along the bottom of the screen at all times, moving ads on the main page, frequent video ads between rounds, and options to watch more video ads to skip ahead. Not surprisingly, there's also an option to buy an ad-free edition. Also, while the game is silent, the ads are not, which makes them stick out even more.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Swing Rider! is an arcade game for iOS devices. While the player character can fall from great heights, they're not shown being hurt or killed, so there's no blood or gore. There's also no inappropriate content, but the game does show a lot of ads. Not only are there static ads along the bottom when you play, and moving ads on the main page, but the game runs videos frequently between rounds. It will also ask you to watch some if you'd like to skip the level you're on or go 25% faster.  Even worse, while the game has no music or sound effects, the video ads that run between rounds or skip you ahead do have audio, which makes them stick out even more. Not surprisingly, players can purchase an ad-free version. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In SWING RIDER!, you and other people compete in a race by swinging on ropes suspended from a helicopter. Why? Who knows. It's hard to tell what the reason behind flying through a city attached to a chopper happens to be, but all players need to know is that by tossing yourself from rope to rope, you can potentially come in first place at the end of the course. Players can also swing through hoops to boost your score and speed as you're swinging through the air. Can you beat your competition?

Is it any good?

As if being simplistic and lacking variety wasn't bad enough, this game has so many ads that it's as frustrating as it is dull. In Swing Rider!, you and other people playing online compete in a race that has you swinging from ropes like you're Spider-man. Besides going fast, you can also go through rings to gain speed, or even pull off tricks like flips or going through the support beam of a bridge. All of which is done with simple touch controls and a little finesse.

But while this could be a fun moment in a much bigger Spider-man game, on its own, it doesn't offer enough content to keep anyone interested for long. Doing tricks, for instance, is all about when you stop touching the screen, not how you touch it or where, and thus doesn't add any real challenge. That's further rendered useless by an overabundance of ads that would make this frustrating to play even if it had more variety and great controls. It runs video ads between nearly every round, has a constant ad along the bottom of the screen and a moving one on the main page, and asks if you'd like to watch a video ad to skip a race. Even worse, while the game is oddly silent, the ads still have audio. All of this is why Swing Rider! is hardly a swinging good time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. The ads in Swing Rider! are so frequent that it makes it rather annoying, but why do you think the designers do this? Do you think you'd play this more if it didn't have so many ads?

  • In Swing Rider!, your character swings on a rope suspended from a helicopter, but do you think this could get some kids interested in extreme sports in real life?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Release date: July 31, 2019
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Size: 206.50 MB
  • Publisher: Voodoo
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: July 31, 2019

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