A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monsters Run, Inc. is a platform arcade game that's tied to the popular Disney franchise Monsters, Inc. Kids play as both Sulley, Mike Wazowski, and other familiar characters from the film running a series of obstacles. There's no notable violence (even the few weapons are overly cartoonish) or objectionable content, but the game is difficult and could frustrate young players. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
As Mike and Sulley (or other monsters, if you choose to unlock them), players avoid obstacles and collect items on a series of platform levels. Characters run automatically, while players control the jumping by touching the screen. A simple tap causes a short jump, while holding a finger on the screen longer creates a higher, longer jump. Along the way, there are power-ups that give Mike (who starts each level) an advantage and allow him to tag out with Sulley, who barrels through any obstacle. Players must be careful of running off a cliff, however. And if Mike runs into other monsters, the game is over.
Is it any good?
Disney knows how to treat a franchise. Rather than rushing out a subpar Monsters Inc. game, they took the time to create a well thought out and genuinely fun property with Monsters Run, Inc. While the name might imply a licensing or homage to Temple Run, this app is nothing like that one. It's closer to a Mario or Sonic title -- and that's a very good thing.
The only problem, and it's a notable one, is the game's difficulty. Levels get hard fast -- and kids will almost certainly get frustrated, despite this being a game that was seemingly made for kids. While core gamers might admire the challenge, the game will ultimately prove too tough for many casual players.
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