Temple Run: Brave




Fusion of runaway-hit app and movie is still pure fun.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is very timing based, and that will take young kids (a target of this game, given the Pixar license) a while to master. As it progresses, things speed up, which makes it even harder to succeed.

Violence & scariness

As in the original Temple Run game, you're constantly on the run, but because this is a Disney title, the scariness is toned down a bit. You can, however, still die by running off a cliff, running into a tree or failing to slide or jump in time.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

Additional costumes and power-ups are available via in-app currency (which costs between $1 and $20). This is earned in game, but players can also purchase it with real-world money. The game is also a promotional vehicle for the Disney movie Brave.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Temple Run: Brave is an app tie-in to the Disney/Pixar movie that licenses one of the more popular apps available for mobile devices. An action game that draws inspiration from the chase scenes in the Indiana Jones movies, players control Merida, the heroine of the film, as she's chased endlessly by the movie's giant bear Mordu. There are several ways for Merida to die, but none are gratuitous -- and death is never explicitly mentioned. In-app purchases are available, though not aggressively pitched. And players can earn in-game credits, rather than buying them, if they're patient. Players can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Temple Run: Brave wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Temple Run: Brave wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

What's it about?

Temple Run: Brave players, as Merida, run in an endless attempt to escape the film's giant bear Mordu. 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. There's also a mini-game as you run that lets you shoot archery targets -- and you can collect coins to purchase powerups and costumes from the game's store.

Is it any good?


The original Temple Run became a runaway hit for mobile devices. Temple Run: Brave is basically the same experience, simply with different (more familiar) characters and the addition of an archery mini-game. While the original was a free app, the Disney version will cost a dollar, but comes with 2,500 points to spend in the in-game store.

Despite the tie-in with the film Brave, there's not much story here, but there are a few quips from Merida that add to the experience and give the game a little polish. Bottom line: If the original didn't charm you, this won't change your mind. However, if you were among the many fans and are looking for a fresh coat of paint, this is worth a look.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:June 14, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:41.40 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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Kid, 11 years old June 22, 2012

VOTE FOR THE GRIZZLY'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I see the movie BRAVE with my parents because it has cute bears in it. You meet the BAD the GOOD and the GRIZZLY. I think the movie will be awesome.
Kid, 11 years old June 22, 2012

Same Ol' Thing

I enjoyed the original Temple Run very much. When I heard that they would do it for a good Pixar movie with a bear in it, I got excited. I got it as soon as I could. I was overall disappointed. It only has the setting of Brave, the bear in Brave instead of the classic Temple Run monkeys, and the main character in Brave instead of the original Temple Run characters. The graphics are flawed and the sound sounds weird. I also saw people report crashes, bugs, and glitches on their devices. This game is the same thing as the original except of the arrow bonus moves. Now for the parental review. There is a bear chasing the main character and when you lose, there is some scary imagery. This game is promoting the new movie Brave and you can pay for bonus stuff. Also be aware that the film has a huge marketing campaign. There are some concerns about privacy. You can create a Game Cemter account and request friends. Your friends can see your name. This game is not intended for learning, just to promote and make money. This game is $0.99. What I say: It's not worth it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow July 6, 2012

Very fun, but not quite as good as the first

When I found out this app cost $.99, I was non-plussed, considering that the first Temple Run game was free. But my mother got it anyway, mainly on impulse since the first game was so fun for the whole family. The cost of the game was partially compensated by the $2,500 spending money you get at the beginning of the game, so that was nice. But when I first started the game, it was actually quite difficult. The screen is more tinted than it was in the first game, so sometimes I couldn't see a cliff in time to keep from falling off. Also, the targets were partially hidden by the bushes, so they were hard to shoot at. But I eventually mastered it. It has been fun, although I must say it's not quite as well-rounded as the first game, in terms of controls and lighting. But it was still very fun. Like the first game, there is some vioence and a few privacy issues, and also there is some product placement for the movie Brave. Nonetheless, it will probably appeal to fans of the first Temple Run.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns


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