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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?
- 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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