The Maze Runner

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Film fans will like fresh take on endless-runner games.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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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. 


Players can die by running into an obstacle or failing to slide or jump in time. The app has no blood or sounds of suffering. 


Additional characters and power-ups can be purchased via in-app currency and with real-world cash, in amounts ranging from $3 to $30. The game also is a promotional vehicle tied to the film series of the same name. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Maze Runner is an endless runner-style (of course!) action game that promotes the film series based on the popular dystopian novels. The game familiarizes players with the film's plot, letting them play as the main characters (some of whom can only be unlocked through a cash transaction). Other in-app purchases are available, though not aggressively pitched. Players can die in a variety of ways, but there's never any blood or gratuitous violence.  

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySt. Dominic Lit 9 April 9, 2019

adventures and cliffhangers

I think this book is good for middle school students. It is good for both sexes. Even though the main characters are boys it is interesting for girls. It is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHorseygal4488 May 9, 2018


i think this is a really good book for people like me who are in their low teens and seek a bit of adventure

What's it about?

Players of THE MAZE RUNNER zip through a series of timed runs, hunting for various clues (which, in turn, unlock other parts of the maze). As with many games in this genre, swiping the screen from side to side turns corners and shifts lanes, while swiping backward or forward causes your character to jump or slide under obstacles. Tapping the screen causes your runner to sprint, which is essential in some parts of the game. 

Is it any good?

The running-game genre is a natural tie-in for a film called The Maze Runner, but the game's developers did a bit more than simply copy what everyone else has done. There's running, jumping, and sliding, of course, but you're not being chased this time. You're racing the clock and yourself, looking for clues that help you advance. That makes your on-screen position critical, something that isn't always the case in similar games where there aren't obstacles in your path. 

The cost to unlock popular characters is exorbitant, though, and it's particularly frustrating that players can't earn in-game currency to unlock them. Even with the refinements this game offers, running games are hardly novel entertainment these days. Fans of the series will probably enjoy The Maze Runner a lot more than anyone else who plays it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of physical fitness. 

  • Families also can talk about helping others, even in uncertain circumstances. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 17, 2014
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 96.00 MB
  • Publisher: PikPok
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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