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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Temple Run is an action game that draws inspiration from the chase scenes in the Indiana Jones movies. Players can die in a variety of ways, from being killed by a pack of monkeys to running off a cliff or bashing their head on a low-hanging branch, but there is never any blood or gratuitous violence. In-app purchases are available, though not aggressively pitched. And players can earn in-game credits, rather than buying them, if they're patient. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Temple Run players run in an endless (and ultimately fruitless) attempt to escape angry monkey-creatures. Swiping the screen from side to side turns corners, while swiping backward or forward causes your character to jump or slide under obstacles. It's not an advanced game, but rather one that tests the player's reflexes.
Is it any good?
There's not much to TEMPLE RUN, but it's very good at what it does. The game is a fast-paced racer and it does a good job of relaying that urgency. While there's not really a story, there's no need for one, as it's a reflex game that keeps players on their toes. That means you'll die a lot, but it's never an incredibly frustrating experience.
The game does offer in-app purchases for upgrades and new characters, but doesn't force them down your throat like so many other apps do, which is refreshing. It's possible to earn the credits for those items, but it will take a bit of time -- though since the game is so addictive, that might not be the chore it sounds like.
Themes & Topics
For kids who love action and adventure
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