Temple Run: Oz

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Movie tie-in offers fun, familiar gameplay in new setting.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

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.

Violence

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.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bytreat02 August 23, 2013

What a fun game!

I like this game! It's very creative--the graphics are very pretty. If your child has seen "Oz the Great Powerful" (and enjoyed it), they will ce... Continue reading
Adult Written byPakistanPEGI December 19, 2014

Parental Gudience

Some violence inappropriate for little kids.
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'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

For kids who love movie apps and action

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