Monsters Run, Inc.



Well-done film tie-in, but a bit difficult for young kids.

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Ease of play

The game is fairly difficult for a platform game, which could frustrate young players. 

Violence & scariness

Mike can use weapons to destroy enemy monsters. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Players can buy power-ups and saves in the store. While you'll earn coins by playing, they can also be purchased in-app for amounts ranging from $2 to $20. The game is based on the popular Disney franchise, which has a new film coming out in 2013, so kids might want to buy other merchandise tied to the series. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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 kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Monsters Run, Inc. wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Monsters Run, Inc. 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?

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:December 13, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:37.10 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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