By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Amusing but unchallenging physics-based arcade game.
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Other characters get kicked out of your way, but there's no blood, gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ladies wear bikinis, men wear board shorts, no shirts.
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Products & Purchases
Players can spend real-world money on in-game currency, which is then used to upgrade your inner tube, buy other boosts, some of which may be necessary to continue playing. Currency, some items can also be earned by watching ads. There's also random ads as well.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
While you do crash through some bars, neither you nor anyone else is shown drinking.
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What’s It About?
In UPHILL RUSH, you play as the patron of a water park that has the most elaborate and outrageous water slides you've ever seen. Now you have to ride them as fast as you can get to the end without getting stuck. And that's basically it. There's really no story here; just ride the water slide as best you can so you can go on to the next ride.
Is It Any Good?
While this inventive action game will entice lovers of water slides and physics, a distinct lack of challenge means they'll only want to play for a couple days. In Uphill Rush (which is known as Uphill Rush Racing on Android), you ride a rubber tube through some creative -- and, in some ways, physically impossible -- water slides. Using simple controls that speed you up, slow you down, and lean you backwards or forwards, you have to go over jumps, make your way through loop-de-loops, and survive when you go crashing through the roof of a bar or into some guy on vacation. These slides also have multiple pathways, including some secret areas that may contain really big diamonds. Wannabe water park designers can even utilize the game's built-in level editor to create their own water slides. The problem is that while the courses get progressive more complex, they don't get more challenging. In fact, you can make your way through most by just holding down the accelerate button and occasionally leaning a bit to make sure you don't land on your face. And even then, this only becomes a problem when you're landing on something solid; belly flopping onto the pool doesn't hurt you as much here as it does it real life. Which is why, though fun at first, Uphill Rush doesn't have enough challenge to keep you coming back.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about physics. Do you think people can really fly off a water ride like this? Why or why not?
Talk about water safety. Do you think the people in this game are being safe? What should they be doing differently?
Discuss budgets. Given that you can earn in-game money from playing and watching ads, does it make sense to spend a lot of money on this game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 20, 2017
- Category: Arcade Games
- Version: 1.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up
- Last updated: October 20, 2020
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