Australian Council on Children and the Media

Mad Skills Motorcross - Turborilla

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TThis is a two-dimensional arcade-style motorcycle racing game with acceleration and brake capacities. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity, mild animated violence

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Mad Skills Motorcross was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 April 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Mad Skills Motorcross
Developed by: Turborilla
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Low Maturity, iTunes Store: 9+.
ACCM suggested age: 13+ due to in-app purchases and mild animated violence
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Mad Skills Motorcross contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Levels 1-20

App description

This is a two-dimensional arcade-style motorcycle racing game with acceleration and brake capacities. It offers players an option to ride different bikes across a range of tracks, teaching riding skills such as ‘wheelies’ and ‘backflips’ as players progress through the game.

This game allows players to work through different tracks (ranging in difficulty levels), whilst also changing the appearance of both the bike and rider. It is possible to compete in Career or Time Attack modes. The objective of the game is to play through various tracks and gain experience or a better time score (than the computer or yourself previously achieved), to unlock different tracks/bikes and to be taught new skills. Skills needed to play include fast reaction times, two-dimensional perception and hand-eye coordination. 

Reviewers comments

This racing game offers players a range of tracks to explore, as well as multiple bikes and players to experiment with using. There are options to choose the Career path (where you progress your career and skills), Time Attack (where you play against yourself to beat your previous time score) and High Scores (where you view world records across multiple leaderboards). During the racing component, there are acceleration and break buttons, as well as options to lean forward and back whilst on your bike – this helps players control the way their bike is manoeuvred and enables them to test techniques such as ‘wheelies’ and ‘backflips’. These are learned progressively as a player progresses through the game. Each track is different, and presents with a variety of jumps and speed boosts built in. If players fall off their bike, they are merely delayed and are put back on at a close distance from where they fell.

In App purchasing

There is the option to purchase the paid version of the game for $1.04 and receive bonuses (such as removal of other game advertising, receive 100 coins, as well as having 50 new tracks and 5 new bikes available to utilise). There is also the option to simply purchase more coins (which can be used to obtain more tracks or bikes in the game). To purchase 100 coins, it costs $1.04. Players can purchase up to 600 coins, which costs $3.05. There are also ‘Free Coins’ available, which players can get after they make ‘60 credits’ – these credits are obtained by installing and opening a range of other advertised games. 

Online information

The player may rate the app via Facebook. The game also has two bonus tracks that allow the incorporation of social media platforms.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

There is frequent advertising of other app games – parents have the option to purchase the paid version of Mad Skills Motorcross that removes ads. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Teaches riding techniques such as ‘front flips’ and ‘rocket boots’

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