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Crazy Monster Truck - Escape

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Evade-the-police driving game filled to the brim with ads.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Crazy Monster Truck - Escape wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

The app is largely about steering a truck to avoid obstacles and picking up power-ups. There's no tutorial, but it's very instinctive. 

Violence

Players are cast as criminals in the game and are trying to avoid the police. When they crash, there is a fiery explosion. 

Sex

A character shows a little cleavage and has a bare midriff.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app constantly keeps a banner ad on the screen as you play, advertising various goods (and the occasional TV show). More worrisome, though, is the giant ad that appears after you lose reading "Download a Free Game" with a giant OK button underneath. There is a small "x" in the upper right corner to close this ad, but it's easy to miss -- and people who think they're hitting "replay" quickly will inadvertently click on the ad.  

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Crazy Monster Truck - Escape is a driving game in which players try to avoid police capture. Players speed through traffic in monster trucks, evading oncoming cars and police spike strips and collecting power-ups to reach a certain distance goal. There violence is mild (fiery crashes), but the game is filled to the brim with ads, including a giant pop-up ad that takes over the screen in between rounds. Players can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Players drive monster trucks to evade law-enforcement officials while dodging oncoming traffic and other hazards, including spike strips and barricades. They do this by tilting their phone or tablet to the right or left. Along the way, they'll have the opportunity to pick up power-ups, which include shields, speed boosts, and jumps (which are used to leap over obstacles like passing trains and police barricades). After players have successfully traveled a certain distance without being caught, they'll unlock new areas.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Crazy Monster Truck - Escape could be a really fun game if it weren't for the NASCAR-like level of advertising. Ads block part of the screen as you play -- and a giant ad takes over the screen after you finish a round. It's distracting and ultimately annoying, sapping some of the fun out of the game. 

From a pure gameplay perspective, though, the game is lighthearted, forgettable fun. The controls are responsive and seeing how far you can go is a nice mindless diversion. It's an app most people would happily pay $.99 for and be thrilled -- if they didn't have to deal with the ads. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 12, 2012
Category:Racing Games
Topics:Cars and trucks
Size:103.00 MB
Publisher:AppsPublisher.com
Version:1.0.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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