Wreck-It Ralph

 

Learning(i)

Nice film tie-in with three fun arcade games; some shooting.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game uses very familiar controls. Anyone who has played an old-school arcade game and Doodle Jump should be right at home. 

Violence

In two of the three games, there's no violence of note, but in the Hero's Duty game, players shoot oncoming aliens with lasers and make an audible "oof" when they are injured. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app is a tie-in to (and marketing vehicle for) the Disney movie, featuring prominent characters. Kids will likely ask to see the film after playing. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players on iOS devices can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Wreck-It Ralph is a trio of arcade games that are meant to promote the Disney movie. Only one presents any parental concerns -- Hero's Duty, an overhead shooter where players fight off wave after wave of enemies. There's no blood or gore there, but guns and rockets are constantly firing, and players say "oof" when they're injured. The game is also a pure marketing vehicle for the film, so kids will likely ask to see it after playing. Players on iOS devices can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Wreck-It Ralph wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Wreck-It Ralph wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

What's it about?

Players can play one of three arcade games, selected via a terminal-like setting. In Fix It Felix Jr., they use virtual stick and button controls to \"repair\" the damage done by Ralph, while dodging bricks tossed at them. In Sweet Climber, they attempt to jump as high as possible in a Doodle Jump like fashion, tilting the screen to turn Ralph right or left. And in Hero's Duty, players use twin virtual thumbsticks to navigate an arena full of enemies and fire at those creatures -- with the player picking up power-ups by running over them.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's easy to brush off promotional tie-ins with movies, but to do so with Wreck-It Ralph would be a mistake. The app offers a trio of arcade games, each of which is filled with charm. The weakest link is Sweet Climber, which mimics Doodle Jump, but doesn't have its springiness. Hero's Duty is a competent action game with a good claustrophobic element. But it's Fix It Felix Jr. (the game Ralph flees in the movie) that's the real star of the show. It's simple, lighthearted, and utterly adorable in an 8-bit retro way. It is a bit, sad, though, that the game lacks Ralph's signature "I'm Gonna Wreck It!" tagline from the film. 

While it's definitely a marketing vehicle, there's plenty to enjoy here -- and at a very affordable price. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$.99
Release date:November 1, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Size:37.30 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byThorne44 February 22, 2013
age 5+
 

Pretty Good

My 7 year old daughter watched it before and she thinks it's not scary
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 9 years old December 1, 2012
age 9+
 
LEARNING

GREAT MOVIE! # 10TH FAVORITE MOVIE!

IT WAS A VERY GOOD DISNEY MOVIE! I SAW IT WITH MY 2 KIDS, BUT THERE WAS A CATCH. IT HAD SOME ALIEN-KILLING-BOMBS AT THE END. IT WAS ALSO FUNNY. ( IT SAD PARTS, TOO. )
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old May 17, 2014
age 2+
 
LEARNING

eh

Its crap but i liked the race!

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