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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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 & Scariness
Players are cast as criminals in the game and are trying to avoid the police. When they crash, there is a fiery explosion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character shows a little cleavage and has a bare midriff.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.