A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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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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.