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Temple Run: Brave
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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.
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