Run Sausage Run!

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Amusing, gory action pulls meat through frying pan and fire.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Easy to play, brief instructions are fine; app would benefit, though, from more detailed overview of everything game involves.

Violence

Although violence shown is cartoonish, it happens fairly quickly, and players can die in several gory ways; some involve considerable amount of blood.

 

Sex
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Consumerism

Kids can watch ads to earn coins, but even if they don't choose to, they'll see commercials that periodically pop up during play. They can also make in-app purchases that range from $0.99 to $4.99 to play without ads, get extra coins.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Run Sausage Run! is an endless runner-style game. Kids will see some violent sausage deaths as they try to successfully run through the obstacle course -- although the screen changes soon after blood is drawn, so they won't see the gore for long. They won't directly interact with other users through the app, and kids also get positive reinforcement, even if they're struggling to make it through to safety, just for playing. Players are also subjected to plenty of ads while playing, and can opt to pay real money for extra coins that can be redeemed for costumes and characters, or to get rid of ads entirely.

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What's it about?

In RUN SAUSAGE RUN!, kids try to navigate a sausage through a series of life-threatening obstacles, including a flaming griddle and spinning blade, by speeding up the sausage's slow walking pace at various points. Along the way, they accumulate coins, which they can use to purchase new characters and gear. For reaching certain milestones, such as dying by guillotine nine times, they're also rewarded with new skins and characters, such as a skeleton or a finger that races through the course wearing a ring. 

Is it any good?

While the grim ends that sausages meet can be violent and gory, this amusing running app is fun to play. The physical logistics of Run Sausage Run! are pretty easy to figure out: You tap and hold to make your sausage run faster, or release your finger to slow it down. You can't easily halt, though, if you're approaching danger, which makes it challenging to get past the potentially fatal roadblocks. Players will likely need to play a few times to test out timing scenarios and come up with a strategy. Users who get frustrated because they aren't advancing may be pleased to find out they get periodic rewards for things other than winning, such as using the app for two consecutive days or dying twice. You don't need more instruction on how to move; that's easy enough to figure out.

But some parts of the game aren't very clear. Some characters you earn, for instance, don't seem to have any special skills -- the zombie and skeleton die just as quickly as the basic sausage you start with. Adding more information about what advantages they offer (even if it's just looking cool) and what happens as you keep playing would help gamers understand what levels, protective gear, and other items they're working toward. Trimming the number of ads, too, would make playing more enjoyable. Without paying to remove them, players will be inundated with commercials after every round or two -- which, no matter how fast your sausage is, really slows the experience down. That aside, if you can deal with the gore and absurdity of running sausages through bloody obstacle courses, Run Sausage Run! could be your next big time waster.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. Is it OK to spend more time using learning-focused apps instead of games like Run Sausage Run! -- and how much time is too much to spend on each?

  • Discuss good sporting behavior and the difference between being competitive and being cutthroat. How can you remain friendly and positive if you're upset that you lost? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 11, 2018
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 282.10 MB
  • Publisher: Crazy Labs
  • Version: 1.4.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later or Android 4.1 and up.

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