Wipeout

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Push to buy extras too strong in app version of TV show.

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age 8+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Wipeout wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

While the controls are fairly straightforward, the game is designed to make it hard to get the timing down. Worse, when you "wipe out," you must pay (through in-game currency) to continue or start over from the beginning. 

Violence

Players run an obstacle course designed to knock them over and take terrific spills, earning points for their tumbles. The game's ragdoll physics shows those onscreen players bending in ways the human body is not meant to. 

Sex

Onscreen avatars wear tight spandex, but no sexuality is implied. The game does, however, regularly refer to "the big balls."

Language
Consumerism

The game is a promotional vehicle for ABC's primetime game show. The app also heavily promotes in-app purchases of in-game currency, which can be earned, but is done slow at a slow pace. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wipeout is an adaptation of the hit ABC TV show. The game runs characters through a goofy, abusive obstacle course, where hard falls and tumbles are frequent. Kids who play the game may also want to watch the show. It also aggressively pushes in-app purchases, despite a $2 price tag. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Kid, 10 years old November 3, 2012

Wipeout

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Kid, 12 years old December 31, 2012

good app but controls are hard

This is a very good app I enjoyed it but it is kind of hard to use it on an ipod touch because the screen is so small. It is also hard to control your charactde... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players attempt to navigate an obstacle course filled with swinging pendulums, which they must avoid or risk being knocked off the course (called \"wiping out\"). There are also sinking podiums and a series of giant balls the player must jump on and over to get to the finish line. Players move their character left and right by swiping their left thumb, while their right lets their character jump or duck. Finishing a course earns you in-game cash (which can also be purchased using real-world funds).

Is it any good?

Wipeout, the TV show, is a program that cries out for a gaming adaptation -- and this app adequately fills that need. But rather than being satisfied with the $2 earned from purchases, ABC and Activision instead chose to include an aggressive in-app purchase program that may not technically be essential to gameplay, but anyone who has trouble getting the timing of the game down will be sorely tempted to buy. Worse, some of those purchases seem especially egregious, such as charging players who fail to meet a time goal (or "wipe out" too many times) to continue. (The alternative is to restart from the beginning.)

Fans of the show might enjoy the chance to run the courses without suffering the bruises, but they'll quickly get tired of being nickeled and dimed along the way. 

App details

For kids who love sports and action

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