A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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The turtles call the alien invaders "brain butt."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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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