Monsters University Review
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Monsters University Review

Our Review by Jennifer Allen on June 26th, 2013
Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLISTIC
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A little too simplistic for comfort, Monsters University is a pretty by-the-numbers Auto Runner game.

Developer: Disney
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar

Immediately appealing and charming, it's a shame that Monsters University is a fairly lacklustre Auto Runner game. It's not terrible by any means, it's just also not very thrilling either.

Divided into two fairly similar mini-games, players control green, one eyed monster, Mike Wazowski, as he either competes in a race or attempts to catch Archie the Scare Pig. It's a similar experience either way, with players swiping or tapping to direct Mike away from obstacles.

Each game mode is divided up into a series of different stages, each taking around a minute or so to complete. Toxicity Challenge, the racing side of the game, is quite straight-forward, while Chase Archie involves an auto running sequence, followed by Mike trying to hold onto Archie. This requires some careful taps to maintain balance, but is still fairly simple.

Mike can withstand a few hits from an obstacle, but to get the best times, it's wise to swipe quickly. That's not very hard though, as Monsters University is a pretty easy game to play. There's rarely much of a challenge here for most gamers, with it clearly aimed at the younger end of the market.

Besides dodging or leaping over obstacles, Scare Cards and coins can be collected along the way. The former is merely a cute collectible to look at, while the latter offers up the potential of buying power-ups or different monsters to control. It's all quite typical stuff.

Typical being the correct word for Monsters University. It's all fine but lacks real excitement. Each stage feels too samey and predictable, meaning it's just not as much fun as one would expect from such a great license. Major Monsters Inc fans might get a kick out of seeing their favorite characters, but it's really not a great example of the genre.

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