What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TheEndApp is an app that borrows heavily from Temple Run, in that players constantly run a zig-zagging course, this time in a post-apocalyptic world. There is minimal violence when a player runs through lava or their avatar hits his head on an object (the screen flashes red and you may keep running). It does feature in-app purchases, though, and players wanting to unlock more than the available missions will need to pay $2 to unlock the pro version. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
What Kids Can Learn
TheEndApp wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
What's it about?
InTheEndApp, players dash around a post-apocalyptic world in a series of challenges, such as collecting or avoiding duct tape. Swiping the screen from side to side turns corners, while swiping backward or forward causes your character to jump or slide under obstacles. Tilting your device right or left determines which side of the road you run on (which is helpful in avoiding lava pits). It's not an advanced game, but it does test the player's reflexes.
Is it any good?
TheEndApp doesn't try to hide its inspiration. The game is, in many ways, a step-for-step remake of Temple Run, but it has enough twists to stand alone. The mission-based challenges are a nice twist from the endless free-run mode (which TheEndApp offers, but only after you buy the pro version). And the game is much more forgiving when players make small mistakes. A single error doesn't doom you to failure.
Still, there's a sense of "been there, done that" that the app can't shake. And unless you cough up for the pro version, your play time with the app will be limited to a few new challenges each day (though they are replayable).