Wipeout

Common Sense Media says

Push to buy extras too strong in app version of TV show.

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What parents need to know

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
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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
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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?

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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

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:August 30, 2012
Category:Sports Games
Size:49.40 MB
Publisher:Activision Publishing, Inc.
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Too much violence
Too much consumerism
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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 charactder because you have to tap to jump but also drag to move and it sometimes gets the two mixed up

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