The 7D Mine Train

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fun endless-runner promo for TV show; in-app buys pushed.

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Ease of Play

The roller coaster-like adventure is challenging to play, requiring fast reflexes and good fine motor control.

Violence & Scariness

The old mine tracks are rickety and full of obstacles, so the dwarfs often fall to their game deaths. Play just starts again, though.

Sexy Stuff

The app is created as a promotional tool for the Disney XD program The 7D. Frequent ads during play alert kids that an in-app purchase can unlock more realms and multiply their gem earnings. The parent section, accessible by entering an adult's birth date, includes links to other Disney apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The 7D Mine Train is an endless runner-style game in which kids guide one of the Seven Dwarfs through a roller-coaster mine track collecting gems and avoiding obstacles. The app was released as a promotion for the show The 7D premiering in July 2014. One dwarf will be released every few days leading up to the first episode of the show, and then all seven dwarfs will be available for play. An in-app purchase unlocks more realms for the dwarfs to explore and adds a multiplier to the gems collected. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.​

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What's it about?

Kids choose a dwarf and guide him on a mine train ride that looks more like a roller coaster than a train track, collecting gems and dodging obstacles. Each ride begins with a mission, and kids can earn bonus points for completing it. Kids can use the gems they earn to upgrade their mine carts or buy other special abilities. The in-app purchase unlocks other realms to explore and doubles or triples the gems they collect. Each dwarf is introduced through a short video clip.

Is it any good?

THE 7D MINE TRAIN is playable without the in-app purchase, but it will take kids longer to earn gems to buy special abilities and equipment for their dwarfs. Kids playing before the show launches may be frustrated waiting for all the dwarfs to become available, but it does build excitement. Each dwarf is introduced through a short, witty video, but the real fun is in the game. Kids will need fast reflexes and a good memory to optimize their success, but the game is addictive and fun with new challenges appearing as the train car (or special, decked-out upgrade) moves in and out of the mines.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite dwarfs. Ask everyone if there's a dwarf they most identify with.

  • Read a version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs together.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free-$4.99
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Free (An in-app purchase unlocks different worlds.)
  • Release date: June 12, 2014
  • Category: Action Games
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
  • Size: 90.40 MB
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 25, 2020

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