A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The basic concept of the game is incredibly simple. Over-eagerness from players often results in low scores, but it only encourages you to try again.
Violence & Scariness
A character resembling Jason from the Friday the 13th movies can be unlocked, but the only scary thing is the hockey mask.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One lumberjack cuts down trees wearing only tighty-whities.
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Products & Purchases
The game frequently shows ads for other titles, but those can be done away with by pressing "X" in the corner. The paid version of the app ($0.99) comes ad-free. The game has an unlockable character that can only be used if players "like" the game on Facebook.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Timberman is a retro-style arcade game that might bring to mind another recent viral sensation: Flappy Bird. The game operates on a very simple premise -- chop down a tree and avoid getting hit by a limb -- but one that's easy to mess up, making you start again. It's extremely fast-paced, which might frustrate younger players. There are some interstitial ads in the game (which can be removed for $0.99); they're mostly for other games but can include some cartoonish busty women.
Is It Any Good?
TIMBERMAN is much, much better than it should be. It's an insanely addictive game that uses a very basic style of play, meaning when you die (and, to be sure, you will die -- frequently), you immediately start another round. Even better, it's a game that offers players options. Want to play for free? Fine, but you'll have to look at an occasional ad. Hate ads? For 99 cents you can bypass them.
Like Flappy Bird, Timberman is a fast-paced game, but it's not incredibly hard. In fact, it's pretty simple -- but you'll still die frequently, most likely as you get overly involved and hit "chop" one too many times on the wrong side of the screen, driven by the game's music and the ticking time bar at the top of the screen. That only adds to the fun, though -- and those are ingredients that can turn an app into a phenomenon.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.