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The Maze Runner
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.