Fun Run - Multiplayer Race

Common Sense Media says

Cute forest creatures belie violent content in racing app.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game has only one real control -- a jump button. Otherwise, it's about avoiding obstacles, timing jumps properly, and using your power-ups to slow down your opponents. 

Violence

There's a surprising amount of violence, given the cute, woodland stars of the game. Players can zap others with bolts of lightning (rendering opponents to nothing more than a skull), attack them with buzz saw blades that slice them in half (and coat the screen with blood), and behead them with a bear trap (splashing the screen with more blood). 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Usernames are not filtered, so it's possible for players to choose one with inappropriate language. 

Consumerism

Players can buy different appearances for their characters (and different characters altogether) using in-game currency, which can also be purchased using real-world cash (in amounts ranging from $2 to $25). 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. The game requires players to go online to play against others -- but does not use any of the typical multiplayer systems. Players can log in using Facebook or select a one-time username (the game asks for an email address, but that's optional). Players cannot talk with each other as they wait for a game to start, but usernames are not screened, which opens up the possibility that children will be exposed to inappropriate language. It's also possible to send "friend" requests to others. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fun Run - Multiplayer Race is an action racing game that is played online against other people. The game appears very kid friendly from the characters and screenshots, but it's loaded with violent moments, such as bear traps that decapitate players and saw blades that slice them in half. The violence is meant to be comedic, though, as opposed to malicious. There are also in-app purchase opportunities, though these are strictly cosmetic. The multiplayer mode does not allow players to speak with each other, but inappropriate user names can be entered. 

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Fun Run - Multiplayer Race wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

What kids can learn

Fun Run - Multiplayer Race wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players race three other people in a short race that's loaded with power-ups. A button on the left side of the screen lets players use whichever power-up they've most recently acquired, while one on the right lets them jump in the air. Success in the game is less about timing and more about acquiring the right power-ups and using them judiciously. To win, you'll have to kill your opponents (who respawn instantly) and avoid their traps.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fun Run - Multiplayer Race is a title that will surprise you. Its cute creature avatars and fantasy settings aren't where you'd expect a bloody, chaotic battle to take place. That makes it inappropriate for young children -- but it is an entertaining game for mature players. 

Like Mario Kart and other good racing games, the appeal here is the regular supply of power-ups and their diverse functions. Winning isn't about carefully navigating a course, it's about blasting your opponents and slowing them down (though taking pains to ensure you're not a victim of your own actions). The multiplayer modes are well done, and the game isn't overly complicated, meaning you'll find yourself playing again and again. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 15, 2012
Category:Racing Games
Size:10.60 MB
Publisher:dirtyBit
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Kid, 12 years old January 24, 2015
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Fun Multiplayer game

Fun Run is a mobile app where you race against real people, trying to get to the finish line first. When, you do this, however, you can use saws,Rocket,Lightning,Punch them through a box, use a Trap and other bloody ways for them to ''die''. However, when you die in the game, there is some mild blood but you automatically regenerate. This game is fun but has some violent content. Mild blood and you can kill each other's characters in the ways I listed above. It is ment to be comedic, but still, violence is violence. Some mildly inappropriate names can be entered ( I have seen some usernames with lots of bad words) and you can become friends with random people and chat with them (however I never chat with random people online) but that is only in the "Friends" option in the game if you become friends with random people. I do not think you can do that in the "quick play" option in the game. This game is fun, but because of some mild cartoon violence,iffy language, and some serious privacy concerns, fun run is iffy for twelve and up.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 8 years old December 13, 2014
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

I used to play that game when I was seven. I play Battle Run now. I would say it's appropiate for 7 and up.

Kid, 11 years old September 28, 2014
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12
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LEARNING

I don't like it

In my opinion, this game is gross and disgusting, because every time I see blood I feel like my muscles and toes are going to explode. When I got this game, I thought that it would be cute and child like. WRONG! They try to trick players with the cute animals. Animals racing isn't realistic, neither if they get hit with blades without getting sliced in half, so why do they have to get sliced in half? To trick players of course! And if it is for comedy it's super bad. That is basically someone wanting death in this world so people can laugh. Violence: Characters can kill each other with blades and other weapons, yet they look kiddish so players will see the photos of the game and they can trick them. Consumerism: They include in-app purchases. Safety and privacy concerns: Players play this game with internet, therefore they can play with other players around the world. But they need to choose a username and it could include their full name and people may see it and track them down. Swearing: Players can enter inappropriate words in their username and other players may see it when playing with them online. This game connects to random strangers and the point is to be social.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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