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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Monsters Run, Inc. wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.