Parents' Guide to

Tag with Ryan

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Over-simplified endless runner trips over its commercialism.

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age 6+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 9+

It’s good but disappointing in some way

Now I’m the type of person who downloaded this thinking it was a Ryan Reynolds game, and then guess what, it isn’t. This is an ok game, but that is a big problem.
age 3+

Great preschool game

This game was a perfect starter game for my now 4 year old. He got good at it very quickly, it never has ads, and has never had to purchase anything. He plays on a Fire tablet, so in app purchases aren't an option, but even on my phone they're never necessary or even compelling. It's not going to teach your kid a second language or how to do long division, but it will entertain for pretty long stretches of time and will help master hand-eye coordination. There's no violent or objectionable content. Totally appropriate for the preschool set.

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While most video games are developed with entertainment in mind, there are some that are developed mainly for promotional purposes. Tag with Ryan is one of those games, created to promote the Ryan ToysReview series on YouTube. The game targets younger gamers with an overly simplified endless runner that puts kids in the shoes of the YouTube star as he chases down fellow YouTube personality, Combo Panda, in a seemingly infinite, repetitive game of virtual tag.

If you've ever played an endless runner before, you know the formula. Players run along a pre-determined path, dodging obstacles and collecting items to cash in for power-ups and cosmetic goodies. Even in the virtual setting, it seems a bit odd having a seven-year-old, especially one representing an actual kid, performing death-defying feats like jumping over massive cliffs, dodging boulders, etc. And then there's the issue with marketing the microtransactions for extra power-ups and content to young kids. Even taking all of that out of the equation, that game just feels thrown together. The visuals are about as basic as can be and the controls feel slow and sluggish. Coupled with the repetitive nature of the game, Tag with Ryan feels like one toy that should've been left in its box.

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