Timberman

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Incredibly fast-paced, fun tree-chopper is a cut above.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's 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. 

Sexy Stuff

One lumberjack cuts down trees wearing only tighty-whities. 

Language
Consumerism

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. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.  

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Kid, 11 years old October 14, 2018

Good, good

in my opinion nothing unsuitable in this game

What's it about?

Players begin as a bearded lumberjack with an ax. Your job is to cut down a tree while avoiding standing on the side where large branches hit the ground. Simply tap one side of the screen to cut on that side. As a branch gets closer, tap with your other finger, and you'll avoid it by jumping to the other side. You can unlock other pixelated tree-chopping characters by obtaining high scores or spending $1.99 to unlock them all at once. 

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 BirdTimberman 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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about when enough is enough -- and when it's time to put the phone or tablet away and play something else. 

  • Families also can talk about the reality of cutting down trees. What do people use wood for? Should we chop down as many trees as we do? 

App details

For kids who love arcade games

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