Frombie Run

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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OK endless runner toy tie-in stopped short by controls, ads.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Fast reflexes and patience are essential for success, especially with the sometimes finicky swipe controls.

Violence

Heroes take out enemy zombies by bopping them on the head; enemies simply vanish.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Long-term free play is possible, but the price of it is watching numerous in-app ads; in-app purchases available without parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Frombie Run is a cute, zombie-themed endless runner based on the popular Frombie pins and toys. The term "Frombie" stands for "friendly zombie" and represents a series of spooky-fun cartoon characters created specifically for young children. Players can watch ads and make in-app purchases for various power-ups and other advantages, and there's no parent gate beyond device-based restrictions. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

FROMBIE RUN is an endless runner game featuring the popular Frombie characters. Playable characters run across the screen from left to right, dodging obstacles and collecting currency and power-ups. The idea is to achieve the highest score possible by running as long and as far as you can without being stopped by collisions or drops. Tap-and-swipe touchscreen controls give players the power to make characters dash, jump, and smash through things. Via ad-watching and in-app purchases, players can get additional characters, power-ups, and extended runs.

Is it any good?

As far as endless runners go, this one isn't bad, but it doesn't stand out, either. On the upside, the artwork's appealing, the environments are varied, and it's not terribly difficult to collect enough coins to unlock additional characters and temporary power-ups. You can even purchase the ability to start your run four levels in if you find yourself stuck at the beginning. Unfortunately, Frombie Run represents the simplest approach possible to an endless runner and, as such, misses opportunities for cranking up the fun. Although you can buy additional characters, they don't seem to play any differently from one another. Also, beyond the cosmetic, levels don't feel as different from each other as they might. The app lets you continue your run in exchange for watching ads for other games -- a great thing if your reaction time is slow or the sometimes iffy swipe controls refuse to obey you. Still, after an hour or so, the fun's overrun by marauding monotony, and not even friendly zombies can stop it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about toy/app tie-ins, such as the one in Frombie Run. How do the toys and app influence each other? Does playing the app make you want to buy the toys?

  • Think about advertising in free-to-play apps. How often does it make you download another app?

  • Talk about your limits around in-app purchases. Are you allowed to buy them? If so, how many and for how much?

  • Discuss the popularity of toys and games based on cute versions of scary monsters. Why are these things so appealing?

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