A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Rayman Jungle Run wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The controls are very simple to understand, and completing levels isn't especially hard. The trick (and replayability) comes in wanting to accumulate every possible point.
Violence & Scariness
In later levels, Rayman can punch enemies. Also, if he's hit by spikes, he inflates and explodes, but in a cartoonish fashion.
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Products & Purchases
The game is an app adaptation of the popular console series, which could prompt kids to ask for other (more expensive) games featuring the character.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rayman Jungle Run is a mobile version of the long-running Ubisoft console franchise. Players collect "Lums" -- which appear to be bug/flower hybrids -- to gain points and move on to the next level. There's minimal violence (though in the last 10 levels, Rayman will fight opponents), but it's very cartoonish. Parents should be prepared for the request to buy the console games. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
Rayman Jungle Run is a goofy, fun, and sometimes oddly relaxing platform game that is a near-perfect blend of whimsy and skill. It masters the "easy to play, difficult to master" rule of gameplay and is both welcoming to people who aren't familiar with the series and enjoyable for veterans.
Rayman's friends/costars from the console versions aren't showcased in here, but that's forgivable, given the game's casual focus. It's laudable that players can keep progressing fairly easily, but obsessive ones who collect every Lum are rewarded with extra levels. When it comes to console games making the move to mobile, there's not a better example than this.
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