Pumped BMX+

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun but challenging extreme bike stunt game.

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

Positive Messages

Rewards players who keep trying.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You play as a kid who gets right back up whenever he falls down, which happens a lot.

Ease of Play

Though controls are easy to learn, they're not easy to master, especially when you try to pull off some of the more advanced tricks.

Violence

Though the kid is shown crashing and even landing headfirst, there's no blood, gore, or gruesome sound effects. Implies that it's OK not to wear a helmet when you're riding a bike.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pumped BMX+ is a fun and cartoony downloadable arcade game where a kid has to do a bunch of tricks on his dirt bike. Though the kid falls down a lot, he never gets hurt. He's never shown breaking his arm or leg, bleeding, or doing anything else gross. He also doesn't curse when he falls down or fails to pull off a trick, which happens a lot since the game's controls are easy to learn but not to master. That said, parents of junior daredevils should be aware this might give their kids some ideas, including that it's OK not to wear a helmet, which is an option and how gameplay starts off.

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What's it about?

Because this is a simple bike-riding arcade game, PUMPED BMX+ doesn't have a story. Instead, you just play as a kid who has to do a bunch of tricks on his dirt bike so he can get to the next level, where he'll have to do a bunch of tricks on his dirt bike so he can get to the next level ... and so on. But though you don't get to know the kid at all (does he even have a name?), you won't care, since it's just fun to make him do tricks on his bike.

Is it any good?

With controls that are easy to learn but tough to master, this arcade game will give any wannabe BMX trickster a lot to do. As in the mobile versions that preceded it, Pumped BMX+ casts you as a kid on a dirt bike who's trying to do tricks on a two-dimensional track full of ramps, jumps, and rails. But though the game's controls are simple enough, pulling off the more complicated tricks requires real skill and fast fingers. You can even, once you beat the game, unlock tricks that would be physically impossible in the real world. But that will take you a while, as this game has dozens of courses that get more complicated, and thus difficult, as you progress. As for how the version on consoles and PC compares to the mobile ones, it not only features more detailed graphics but it also has better controls, more accurate physics, and a new soundtrack. Regardless of where you play it, though, Pumped BMX+ is an engaging and entertaining bike ride.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bike riding. When was the last time you went for a bike ride?

  • Talk about bicycle safety. Why is it important to always wear a helmet, even when you're not trying to do a backflip off a ramp?

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