Talking Tom Gold Run

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Grabbing gold can be frantic or fun, but ads are aplenty.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Easy controls, but jumping and moving over simultaneously is glitchy. Very fast moving, and lots of buttons on home page that aren't clear until tapped. 

Violence

Talking Tom is chasing a robber and will inevitably run into all sorts of obstacles, including moving cars, which renders him either confused or unconscious, rather like watching a piano fall on an old-school cartoon character.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Between on-going advertising, a link to a YouTube channel for the franchise's characters, and the fact that this is all about gold, consumerism is quite high. Kids are exposed to some full-screen advertising, as well as the chance to watch advertising videos to earn in-game cash. In-app purchases aid progress and don't have a parent gate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Talking Tom Gold Run is an endless-runner game in a style similar to Temple Run or Subway Surfers. It's based on the characters from the Talking Tom Cat and Talking Angela apps. While the game itself isn't all that violent, characters do run into moving vehicles and other obstacles and fall down or smash into the screen. Since the goal is to run as long as you can, kids who prefer a winning ending may be frustrated, and the frenetic speed may be too much for some kids. It's also laden with advertising in the form of pop-up videos, voluntary videos to earn in-game currency, and YouTube videos promoting the characters. When starting, the game asks for a birth year, which can't be changed. Players who are age 13 and under are restricted from connecting to social media sites via the app and Game Center, and they're also blocked from seeing interest-based ads. Younger players will still receive age-appropriate advertising via pop-up displays as an option to earn in-game items and currency, though making an in-game purchase will remove pop-up ads. Despite the "age gate," there are no in-app blocks or gates for purchases or downloads. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byVicts June 21, 2018

Watch out!

My child accidentally made an in app purchase for £99.99 and I got no refund! It is too easy to do and even with parental controls on it does not bring up thee... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byGeraldene H. October 6, 2017

frustrating

Just a question? My Daugter is finish will all her stages, and now she gets frustrated than she cant go to the next stage, she is stuck at Hawaiian Hank, is t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bya_smarty May 21, 2020

my little sister said it was hard. (age 4) but for me, ITS EASY!!!!

not very easy to play for little kids. kinda more for big kids
Kid, 9 years old January 20, 2020

Good

It’s good but not for younger children Sometimes you have to kick bombs at the robber and if you walk into something you can see talking Tom laying on the floor... Continue reading

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?

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