Jumanji: Epic Run

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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All-ages movie-inspired arcade game is fun but glitchy.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls but newcomers may be a little lost as there's no training.

Violence

Players can knock enemies out of the way, and get knocked down. But it's all rather cartoony, so there's no blood or gore.

Sex

The character Ruby Roundhouse wears a somewhat tight outfit, but the game's cartoonish look keeps it from being too suggestive.

Language
Consumerism

Players can spend berries or watch ads when they fail but want to keep going. Those berries can be earned by playing or purchased with real money. Players can also buy gold bars or earn them by playing, and then use them to upgrade their character's abilities. The game and characters are based off the Jumanji movie remakes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jumanji: Epic Run is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices that's inspired by the new movie Jumanji: The Next Level. While one of the female characters wears a sexy outfit, and you can smack enemies who block your way, the game's cartoonish look keeps this from being sexy, bloody, or gory. It can be a little greedy, though. When you fail, you can pay to keep going or watch an ad. You can also buy in-game currency you use to upgrade your characters. And, of course, the game is designed to promote the new movie as much as it is to entertain fans. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 14-year-old Written byJkilty August 30, 2020

Very Fun, and appropriate, however not addictive

this is very fun and a very good time killer, not addictive as well so your kids will finally be accepting turning off the game for the day or is finally able t... Continue reading
Adult Written byPhil Barger March 6, 2020

Liked It

Has The Movie Actor From Welcome To The Jungle And The Next Level
Kid, 10 years old January 22, 2020

It’s ok

Not AS glitchy as suggested but yeah. The game is just like any ‘run’ game and you repeat the same thing over and over. I still like it though! If you watched t... Continue reading

What's it about?

In JUMANJI: EPIC RUN, a mysterious stranger has run off with an important artifact, so you better get after him before he gets away. Otherwise, you can just enjoy this arcade running game, which has you playing as the four characters from the new movie, Jumanji: The Next Level, as they run, jump, climb, slide, and even cliff dive around the titular video game world. Players will try to make it as far as possible, collecting in-game currency to upgrade your characters. But eventually, your luck will run out and you'll have to start over, hopefully learning what you can to next to go farther in your next round.

Is it any good?

Like the movies that inspired it, this arcade running game is fun and clever, but isn't nearly as good as it could been. As with every endless runner game, Jumanji: Epic Run has you using simple touch controls to jump over obstacles, slide underneath others, and move horizontally to avoid ones you can't avoid vertically, all as you keep moving forward in one of the three lanes. Think of it like an obstacle course where you had to keep going or you'd be disqualified. Oh, and don't forget to pick up the gold bars and other rewards.

What makes this different from other endless runners is that there's a lot more variety. Within the same run, you may find yourself not just running forward, but also away from things that are chasing you, up the side of an unstable cliff, or cliff diving off a waterfall that's also full of obstacles that will knock you out if you don't get out of their lane. You can even, if you time it right, knock bad guys out of your way. It's just a bummer this can be a bit twitchy if your device is older than the previous movie. Characters occasionally don't always jump when you tell them to, and some menu buttons can be a bit unresponsive, especially when you want to go back to the main menu so you can start a new run. But when it works, Jumanji: Epic Run is as entertaining as the movie that it's based on.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. When you fail in your run, you can watch an ad to keep going, but why do you think the designers included this? Did you notice that the ads are often the same? What effect does seeing the same ad over and over have on you?

  • How do you decide how much money to spend on a game when you can earn this currency by playing?

  • While this game is clearly designed to be fun, it's also designed to promote the new Jumanji movie, so did it work? Do you want to see the movie?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 20, 2019
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Size: 356.30 MB
  • Publisher: Crazy Labs
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: January 10, 2020

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