Run Roo Run



Cute, family-friendly platform game loads of fun to play.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game abandons complex play mechanics for simple controls, but timing is everything -- and it can get tricky later in the game. 

Violence & scariness

Your kangaroo will occasionally hop onto cacti or into holes, which restarts the game, but is not shown as fatal or violent. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

The worst you'll hear is an occasional "Crikey!"


The game features a link from the main menu encouraging players to gift copies to their friends. Players can also purchase tokens to instantly beat a level or play it in slow motion for prices ranging from $1 to $10. The purchases aren't necessary, though. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Run Roo Run is a platform game made by the team behind the education puzzle game Scribblenauts. While the learning aspects are missing here, the game is still quite family friendly, with no real violence to speak of, nor any language or sexual concerns. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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RUN ROO RUN isn't a complicated game, nor is it an especially deep one, but it sure is a heck of a lot of fun to play. Made by the same team that developed Scribblenauts, the game slowly introduces new abilities and obstacles, but ultimately, it's all about timing -- and the further you go, the harder it gets to master. 

Rather than overcomplicating things, the game is controlled simply by tapping on the screen. And this minimalism is the app's biggest strength, meaning you're able to play instantly and never get frustrated along the way. Nearly as smart is the instant reset when you fail a level (doing away with the interstitial screens so many other games force you to watch again and again). It's cute, family friendly and a buck you'll be happy you spent.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:January 19, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Size:18.50 MB
Publisher:5TH Cell
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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