The Boxtrolls: Slide & Sneak

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Exceptionally fun game for young kids has privacy concerns.

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Ease of Play

The gameplay is thoroughly explained and not especially difficult, though younger kids may wind up in traps more often than older ones. 


The app is a tie-in to the motion picture. It also contains video ads, some of which require you to watch at least part of them, and some static ads. It also relies on in-app purchases for upgrades and for you to continue mid-level if you fall or get caught in a trap. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Boxtrolls: Slide & Sneak is a exceptionally fun arcade-style game featuring characters from the popular film. There's nothing notable to worry about in terms of violence, sexual content, or language, but the game does lean a bit heavily on in-app purchases -- specifically, tokens that allow you to restart your game mid-level if you fail. It's also marketed to young fans of the film, but the game's terms state that players need to be 13 and up -- a confusing but not uncommon caveat.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byPinkarray February 25, 2015

Why do boxtrolls have to always be the main characters?

I don't appreciate them making a game based off of a stop-motion film if they ain't going to use stop-motion for it. The animation here is pretty bad,... Continue reading

What's it about?

You can play as one of ten Boxtrolls (tinkering box-wearing trolls who only come out at night) as you attempt to sneak though a city, collecting cogs and avoiding your enemies, the evil Red Hats, and their traps. Your goal: Rescue ally Boxtrolls from the Red Hats' clutches. The characters move on their own, but you can swipe up to jump or down to slide down hills. You can earn or purchase cogs and cheese in varying amounts, as well as unlock new players.  

Is it any good?

Many movie tie-ins are slapped-together affairs that waste the player's time. That's happily not the case with THE BOXTROLLS: SLIDE & SNEAK. The game, although a bit too reliant on in-game purchases, is a slick-looking, well-paced title that's a good extension of the film. The lush Victorian environments of Cheesebridge are beautifully rendered, and fans should enjoy exploring them. The controls are basic, making it very kid-friendly, but the game's not so simplistic that older kids will become bored. It's something other movie games -- especially kids' movies -- should take note of, as it sets a new high bar. However, it's tainted by one thing: Although the game is marketed to kids who are fans of the film, it specifically states that players must be 13 and up to purchase and play the app. This disconnect is frustrating and may negate younger players enjoying a really great game. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between wanting something and needing it -- especially when it comes to games. 

  • Families also can talk about similar fun real-world games, such as hide-and-seek. 

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