Chameleon Run

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Cool, challenging platformer leaps above competition.

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Ease of Play

Challenging to quickly use one thumb to make character jump and the other to change color, but responsive controls and simple gameplay make up for it.

Violence & Scariness

When the player fails to jump and/or change the color of the character in time to make it to the next platform, the character crashes in a poof of smoke.

Sexy Stuff

No parent gate in the More Games area that leads to the developer's other games in the App Store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chameleon Run is a combination of a platformer, the game show Wipe Out, and the app Color Switch. Players control a little robot-like block figure as it moves along an obstacle course of colored, beam-style platforms, jumping and changing the figure's color to match where it will land. In addition, players also collect objects and can use cool jumps and challenges to move to higher levels. Though this combination of obstacles will thrill many players, it's not for all kids since the pace is so fast and finishing levels can be really tricky. There are no ads and no in-app purchases, but there's also no parent gate on the More Games tab, and kids can use the "face cam" to record themselves playing and presumably share the video, though that feature wasn't working during the review period. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Tap the Play icon on CHAMELEON RUN and watch as your character begins to run across the platform. Tap with your thumb or the finger of one hand at just the right time -- and as many times as the length requires -- to enable him to leap onto the next platform. If the platform is a different color, tap with your other hand's thumb or finger to change to the matching color before landing. Avoid black obstacles, and watch for certain platforms that operate differently from others. If the character doesn't make it or runs into an obstacle, he puffs into a cloud of smoke and restarts at the beginning of that course. As you collect objects, you get points that help move you to new levels. Tutorials help you get used to the controls and learn new maneuvers. In the settings, players can flip the controls from one side of the device to the other, control the music and sounds, and reset the progress of the game. There's a face-cam feature that uses the reverse camera to record the user's reactions during gameplay, but it wasn't working during the review period.

Is it any good?

There's so much more going on than just running and leaping over obstacles, which makes it more interesting and, potentially, more frustrating. Dozens of similar games, such as Temple Run, are all based on a similar concept of running, avoiding obstacles, collecting stuff, and reaching new levels. However, Chameleon Run sets itself apart with the color-switch twist, the different types of jumps, and customizable options such as the ability to replay recordings, a face cam, and adjustable controls. Though the layered challenge might be too much for some kids (and adults), Chameleon Run is a really fun, challenging, and visually appealing game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases and set expectations around them before downloading. Is it OK for your kid to download another app if it's free?

  • Talk about how the timing of jumping and color-changing on this app works. Ask your kid, "How do you know when to tap?" Discuss anticipating next action, planning ahead, noticing patterns, and where these skills can help in real-life situations, too.

  • Ask your kid: Why do you think this game is called "Chameleon Run"?

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