Parents' Guide to

Wind Rider!

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Twitchy, greedy, annoying game quickly crashes to earth.

App iPhone , iPad Free Racing Games
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While this could've been a fun and interesting arcade aerial racing game, its greediness in pushing ads and its constant glitches make it more frustrating than fun. In Wind Rider!, you don a wing suit and get into a race with computer-controlled opponents, but you'll only win if you fly through some circular targets. This is relatively easy to do, thanks to this game's simple touch controls; or rather, it would be if they worked right. This game constantly seizes up mid-flight, pausing for a fraction of a second before jumping ahead, which can mean the difference between threading the needle and slamming head first into a skyscraper.

It's also greedy, and allows you to buy your way to the winner's circle. Along with a banner ad that constantly runs along the bottom, and static ads on the main menu, there are video ads after each round you can watch to double your winnings, which you can then use to increase your maximum speed, your acceleration when you fly through a target, and the amount of money you earn per round. Even worse, while the game itself has no music or sound effects, the video ads do, and the video ads sometimes run even when you tell them not to. All of which makes Wind Rider! as irritating as it is disappointing.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 27, 2018
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Publisher: Voodoo
  • Version: 1.63
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: January 11, 2024

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