Uphill Rush

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Amusing but unchallenging physics-based arcade game.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Other characters get kicked out of your way, but there's no blood, gore.

Sexy Stuff

Ladies wear bikinis, men wear board shorts, no shirts.

Language
Consumerism

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.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Uphill Rush (or Uphill Rush Racing as it's known on Android) is a simple arcade game. While you do knock other patrons out of the way, there's no blood or gore shown. You also go crashing through windows as well as bars, but no one's shown being injured or drinking, for that matter. Similarly, while the male characters are shirtless, and the ladies are wearing bikinis, there's no inappropriate content. But there's aggressive attention to getting players to spend money on the game which is used to upgrade your character and their inner tube. While this currency is earned by playing, and by watching advertisements, it can also be purchased. 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?

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?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 20, 2017
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 356.00 MB
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up

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