Runway Story

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple match-3 game for fashionistas.

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The game uses simple touch controls that will be familiar to fans of this kind of puzzle game. It also explains its rules and mechanics well for newcomers.

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The game is all about buying things for your character and other people in their life. Players earn in-game currency by playing or watching ads, or they can purchase packs of it in the store. This currency is not only used to keep playing when you run out of turns or lives, but also to buy clothes and to complete chores around the house.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Runway Story is a match-3 puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. The point of the game is to match similar colored objects to complete various goals. Players earn coins by solving puzzles, by watching ads, or by buying pack of it in the store, which are used to keep playing when they run out of turns or purchase power-ups that have special abilities. This currency is also used to buy clothes for your character, and to complete such tasks as cleaning your room. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In RUNWAY STORY, Jamie recalls how she became a famous designer, which apparently started one day when she woke up late and had to get dressed, clean her apartment, and pick out cute outfits for her mother, brothers, and dog. Strangely enough, all of this micromanaging is done by solving match-3 puzzles and using the proceeds to buy clothes and to complete chores. As you proceed, you'll unlock power-ups to clear larger sections of each puzzle and coins. The coins can be used to buy additional power-ups, as well as clothing items and other objects.

Is it any good?

Though it doesn't add anything to the genre, this match-3 puzzle game still manages to be fun, especially if you're a fashionista. In Runway Story, Jamie recalls how she became a fashion designer, which apparently began with her sleeping late in her messy apartment. But to get her dressed, her place cleaned up, and her dog Roland looking snazzy, you need cash. Good thing you can earn some by moving buttons on a board so they line up with two or more buttons of the same shape and color. You just need to be sure to meet the conditions of that puzzle before you run out of turns, so you can use the money to decide whether Roland looks like Magnum P.I. or one of the Men In Black (seriously). Jamie can even take pictures of the cute outfits she makes for her mom, brother, and the other people in her life.

As much fun as it is to dress Jamie's dog to look like Tom Selleck and Will Smith, though, serious match-3 fans might complain that this doesn't add anything new to the formula. Even when you get to later puzzles -- which, as usual, are harder and more intricate -- you're still not doing anything you haven't done before in this kind of game. This also isn't for people who aren't into cute stuff and fashion. But if you are, or you're relatively new to this kind of puzzle game -- or, let's be honest, you're looking for a game that's more relaxing than challenging -- Runway Story will entertain you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. You earn in-game money and clothes in Runway Story by watching ads, but what do you think the purpose of this is, apart from getting cash to the developers? What do the people who make those ads want you to do?

  • In Runway Story, you use money to buy clothes and perform chores, and you can get this money by playing, watching ads, or by purchasing some in the store, but does it make sense to spend money on this game when you don't need to? How does this teach us how to spend wisely?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions and ads
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 15, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 383.00 MB
  • Publisher: Nexon
  • Version: 1.0.42
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: February 22, 2021

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