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Super Mario Run (2016) is a running and jumping game you play by simply tapping the screen to jump. Your character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is cleverly designed to offer an increasingly skilful challenge.

The game became the fastest-growing app in iOS history, having been downloaded more than 50 million times worldwide during its first week of release, and around 300 million times by 2018. Its success is from the simple combination of classic Mario platforming action that can be played on the go.

The result is a one-handing Mario game that appears to fans of the platforming series, as well as those who haven't played a Mario game before.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Super Mario Run 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Traversal elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 1-player online game.


Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Each level takes a few minutes but sessions will last longer through a series of levels.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. We hear from families that this is good for really young players. "Super Mario Run was really easy for my kid to get into. Single input gameplay and cute characters."


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
Purchase all 6 worlds after the demo. Additional content after that is free as the game updates. You need a Nintendo account to play. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1 (1 online)

Genres: Action, Platform and Traversal

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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