Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Turtles burst into endless-runner genre; lots of fighting.

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Educational Value

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The game is very timing based, which takes a while to learn. As it progresses, things speed up, making it even more difficult to master, but the mechanics are very basic.


The turtles fight a slew of enemies as they run, using swords, nunchaku, and other ninja weapons, often shouting triumphantly after taking down a foe. 


The turtles call the alien invaders "brain butt." 


Boosts and upgrades can be bought via in-app purchases, though they can also be earned (albeit slowly) through gameplay. The game is also a tie-in to a popular children's franchise, meant to further promote it to children. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is an endless runner style game featuring the popular children's characters. The tie-in is meant to promote the franchise and its television program to children, which could result in them wanting other products like toys or comics. There's a fair bit of violence -- the turtles kill multiple enemies as they run across rooftops -- but no blood. And parents should be aware of the in-app purchase opportunities. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

As with other endless runner games, you're constantly on the move -- this time avoiding an alien spaceship while mowing down enemies with various ninja weapons. Along the way, players must collect speed globes to keep their momentum going. This is all done by tapping the screen or touching and holding it at the right time. It's very much a reflex-oriented game that focuses on action, rather than finesse.

Is it any good?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been notably absent from the app revolution, so it was only a matter of time before they made it to mobile phones and tablets. Rooftop Run may not be the best way to introduce the brand, but it's certainly not a bad one. 

While there's a sense of "been there, done that" in the endless runner space these days, Rooftop Run skips the swiping and dodging and instead focuses on speed and battle. Collect enough speed globes and you're treated to an impressive tap-based martial arts display, as well, which is a nice addition. Yes, it's familiar, but it's nice to see Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo eating pizza and back in battle once again. 

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