Transformers Rescue Bots: Disaster Dash - Hero Run

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Amusing but simple endless runner has limited appeal.

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Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but can be tough.

Violence & Scariness

While there are robot battles, there's no blood, gore.

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Consumerism

Game has a menu button to buy other Transformers games, occasional pop-up ads. Players can use real-world money to buy playable characters, doing so disables pop-up ads. Based on extremely popular cartoon, which has spawned merchandise, comics, movies, more.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Transformers Rescue Bots: Disaster Dash - Hero Run is a simple arcade game that, like the cartoon that inspired it, is safe for children of all ages. There's no blood or gore, or inappropriate content of any kind. Even when you fight another robot, you're only just crashing into them. The game's menu has a button for another Transformers game, while the game itself has pop-up ads. Players can also purchase other playable characters, though doing so turns off the pop-up ads. Read the app's privacy policy in the the game's settings menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: DISASTER DASH - HERO RUN, the robots in disguise have to do what they always do: rescue people in danger. This is done by running through the streets of Griffin Rock, and using their unique powers of transformation and jumping to rescue people in peril. Besides avoiding dangerous obstacles, there's also missions when you have to move quickly, like when lava is creeping up behind you, and even times when you have to fight other sentient appliances.

Is it any good?

With simple controls but plenty of challenge, this endless runner will delight fans of the kid-friendly cartoon. In Transformers Rescue Bots: Disaster Dash - Hero Run, players have to run through the damaged streets of Griffin Rock, saving citizens put in peril by the evil Doctor Morocco. To do so, players have to swipe down to use their vehicle form on the streets, swipe up to run on the sidewalk in robot form, and then swipe up again to jump as a 'bot. As you do, you can gather crystals that fill a meter; a full meter transforms you into a Dynobot. In doing all of this, players have to make these robots in disguise avoid obstacles in their way, or outrun hazards, all while rescuing innocent people. There's even times when you battle other robots, though that really just means you smash into them. While this all sounds simple, that's kind of the problem if you're old enough to remember the original cartoons or buy tickets for the live action movies. As endless runners go, this one isn't very complicated or varied. Also, the kid who serves as the announcer is really annoying. Which is why this is decidedly not for longtime (read: old) fans of The Transformers. But if you're young enough to enjoy the new 'toon, Transformers Rescue Bots: Disaster Dash - Hero Run will keep you entertained during commercials.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about helping people. In this game, the Transformers are risking their lives to save people, people they don't know, so does this make you feel differently when you play this game?

  • Talk about using the right tool for the right job. To do well at this game, you need to know when to be a robot and when to be a vehicle, but what does this teach you?

  • Discuss spending money on games. Given that you can play this with the two characters provided, does it make sense to spend money on this game? Does it make sense to spend a lot of money on this game, or can you just buy your favorite character and leave it at that?

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