Touchgrind BMX 2

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Annoying, klutzy bicycle trick game will flatten your tires.

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Ease of Play

Game's controls are difficult to use and master.

Violence & Scariness

Though you will crash, the bike doesn't have anyone on it, so no blood, gore possible.

Sexy Stuff

Players can spend money to unlock new bikes and tracks, or watch ads to unlock them.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Touchgrind BMX 2 is a challenging bicycle game that's safe for all ages. It has no inappropriate content in the game. It also doesn't have anyone on the bikes that are used in play, so crashes don't result in people cursing or being injured. Players can spend real money to buy new bikes or to unlock new courses, though you can also watch ads to do this. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

TOUCHGRIND BMX 2 doesn't have a story. Instead, you ride a dirt bike on a course full of jumps and sharp turns, hopefully doing enough tricks to unlock the next level. All of which is done with two fingers pressed to the screen, and an understanding that your bike has no brakes, so you better hang on for dear life. Thankfully, there's no one on the bike itself, so there are no bone jarring crashes to see, or injuries.

Is it any good?

While this could've been a fun bike riding game where you do tricks to earn points, the awkward controls make it so difficult that it's more frustrating than fun. In Touchgrind BMX 2, you ride a dirt bike on a track that has numerous jumps and tons of sharp turns. The idea is that if you pull off a lot of cool tricks, you'll earn cool points and will be able to move to the next track. What makes this as hard as, well, doing some of these tricks in real life is that you have to place your thumb and forefinger in a vertical line on the screen, which is awkward and initially makes it hard to do any serious tricks. Granted, it gets easier the more you play, but that takes a while. So long, in fact, that you may be inclined to give up in frustration long before you can do anything impressive. That's especially true if you need to hold your iPad or iPhone in your hand while playing. Which is why -- despite having varied and bumpy tracks, as well as a unique behind-the-bike perspective -- Touchgrind BMX 2 is less fun than riding your bike in the rain.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism. Touchgrind BMX 2 lets you buy new bikes and tracks with real money, though you can also watch ads to get stuff. Do you think it's worth it to spend real money? Do you think the people who made the game have a right to make some money for it?

  • Talk about bicycle safety. Given how bad you crash in this game, does it make you understand why wearing a helmet and pads is important?

  • Discuss frustration. Given how tough Touchgrind BMX 2 can be, some might be inclined to throw their phone or iPad in anger, but are there other ways to relieve your frustration?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 23, 2018
  • Category: Action Games
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Size: 359.70 MB
  • Publisher: Illusion Labs
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: October 20, 2020

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