Wreck-It Ralph

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Nice film tie-in with three fun arcade games; some shooting.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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

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
Language
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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7 year old Written byThorne44 February 22, 2013

Pretty Good

My 7 year old daughter watched it before and she thinks it's not scary
Adult Written byNinjagoboy645 March 1, 2015
Kid, 9 years old December 1, 2012

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,... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 17, 2014

eh

Its crap but i liked the race!

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?

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

For kids who love arcade games and movie apps

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