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What's it about?
Talking Tom has been robbed, so he sets out in pursuit of his robber in TALKING TOM GOLD RUN. The robber flees, dropping gold as he goes. Players must collect gold by following the robber's path, swiping to dodge left and right or to crouch or jump. Hit an obstacle, and the round is over. Players can earn power-ups that double gold, or collect nearby gold bars. The power-ups and gold slowly amass through regular play and through special unlockable vaults, or players can purchase them for real money. Once a player has enough gold and diamonds, they can upgrade the character's possessions, and upgrading them fully unlocks the next level and a new character. Levels include Tom's House, Angela's House, Hank's Home, Ginger's Forest Fun, Ben's Adventure, Tom's Snow Ride, and Angela's Night Out. Players can earn additional in-game cash and items by watching ads and videos. The age gate enabled at the beginning of the game limits ads served to kids but doesn't eliminate them.
Is it any good?
Though this endless runner is relatively amusing and challenging, the abundance of ads and in-app purchases steals some of the fun. The game is fast-paced and frantic, and some kids may not have the patience or desire to run over and over again only to watch Tom crash headlong into an oncoming bus. But, since the games are typically short, it's an easy way to kill a few minutes here or there when there isn't time for something more in-depth. The in-game advertising and self-promotion feel heavy-handed, and an ever-present link to the animated characters' YouTube channel is a bit much. Luckily, ths is a casual-enough game that kids will feel less pressure to buy, and the game can progress (albeit slowly) without any purchases if you have the patience. If you can get past all the ad-watching to get currency, it's a mildly fun ride, but parents may want to talk through the ads and their rules around purchases and downloads before turning kids loose.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about in-app purchases in Talking Tom Gold Run and your rules about them. Can they buy any extras in the game or download free apps?
Talk about the ads in the game. What are they for? What happens when you tap on one? How do you close them to keep playing?
Discuss real-life versus fantasy. What should you do in real life if you witness a crime? What in this app is realistic? What is silly or "fantasy" behavior?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Windows app
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: July 28, 2016
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Size: 99.80 MB
- Publisher: Outfit7
- Version: 1.0.12
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: October 21, 2019
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