Temple Run: Oz App Poster Image

Temple Run: Oz



Movie tie-in offers fun, familiar gameplay in new setting.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Temple Run: Oz 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.


Chased by flying monkeys and other enemies, the effects of being caught in this version of the game are slightly different from the effects in other Temple Run games. If he catches up to you, the flying monkey will whisk you away to what appears to be a dire fate, but that's not shown onscreen. Similarly, players can die by running off a ledge, running into a tree, or failing to slide or jump in time. The app has no blood or sounds of suffering, other than a slight scream when you fall off a cliff.

Not applicable
Not applicable

The app is a direct tie-in to the movie. Players can also buy bonuses and power-ups via in-app purchases (with real money), though that currency can be accumulated by playing the game as well. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Temple Run: Oz is an app tie-in to the Disney movie that leverages one of the more popular apps available for mobile devices to increase its drawing power. In an action game that draws inspiration from the chase scenes in the Indiana Jones movies, players control Oz himself as he's chased endlessly by flying monkeys and other enemies. There are several ways for Oz 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.

What's it about?

As in other Temple Run games, you're constantly on the run -- this time from the famous flying monkeys of Oz, but the game tosses in other hurdles, such as biting plants. 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 hot air balloon mode, which lets you control a balloon in the skies over the land by tilting the screen left and right to gain coins.

Is it any good?


If you liked Temple Run 2, you're probably going to like Temple Run: Oz. That's because they're essentially the same game. Built on top of the engine for the recently released sequel to the popular franchise, this movie-tie in adds just a few small changes to the formula -- and one mid-sized one with the addition of the hot air balloon sequences. 

There's nothing wrong with that, of course. Everything that worked there works here. If you've recently grown tired of Temple Run 2 and were hoping this game presented some new challenges and changes, you may be disappointed. But if you enjoy the earlier games and want to play in a new setting, you'll love it. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
Release date:March 5, 2013
Category:Action Games
Size:45.90 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

This review of Temple Run: Oz was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Quick reflexes needed to survive Indiana Jones-like chases.
  • Well-done sequel even better than original phenomenon.
  • Fusion of runaway-hit app and movie is still pure fun.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 9 years old August 13, 2013
Teen, 16 years old Written byBadassGama123 March 29, 2013

Not for kids spqm

Horrible garbage. Fraud. Do not get.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 9 years old March 24, 2013


My brother saw this game and wanted to try it. My mom downloaded it and it is definitely worth the $0.99. It actually changes scenes! You don't keep on running where everything looks exactly the same. There is one "minigame" that I have observed; the character hangs on to an air balloon and you have to collect money while avoiding crashing into the emeralds. There is one setting (place) where you are inside a tornado and there is lots of lightning flashing. The game is very fast paced and at one point you are running through a graveyard with vines and things jumping out at you, which might be a bit intense or overwhelming to younger children. Overall, a good, well thought out game. PS: This game and all of the other Temple Run games do not work on the Kindle Fire because Temple Run requires your device to have a motion sensor (which is used to tilt) and the Kindle Fire doesn't have one. I hope this review is helpful!


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?