Make a Difference with Save the Park

Save the Park
Price: Free
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Reviewed by Marilyn Chau

Save the Park is a fantastic running-character game that brings players for a challenging trip through some fun park terrains.

Free for downloading, Save the Park has been created in partnership with American Express and the National Park Foundation as part of this year’s celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service.


Save the Park by Games For Change is yet another running-challenge app following the popular (and successful) model set up by other similar apps. Three different “park” scenes keep the challenges diverse.

Save the Park sets itself apart from other runner games by letting you control two characters simultaneously, adding to the challenge. Characters are all developed as different “junior rangers” at the parks complete with mini biographies regarding their personal interests.

The pace of this game is fast enough to be challenging and slow enough to be doable. Players who are familiar with the runner-game format should have no problem at all getting the hang of it.

Instead of just being an app that challenges your fast-thinking and finger-swiping abilities, Save the Park is notable for also being an app that raises awareness of the importance of the US national park system; every download of this game results in a donation towards preserving our national parks.

Save the Park does not require an Internet connection to play, making it a great app for traveling with kids.

Appearance and Layout:

Save the Park iPhone App Review

Save the Park iPhone Game Review

Graphics aren’t really the strong point of this app. Characters are very cartoonish and backgrounds within levels are equally simple.

There is, however, a decent level of detail throughout the app that keeps things exciting. Even though the illustrations are simplistic they have a somewhat charming quality to them.

Easy to understand directions keep you informed throughout the game, and the layout makes Save the Park a perfectly playable app for all ages.


There are no in-app purchases to deal with making this a great game for parents to let their children play. The graphics aren’t anything spectacular, but they are on par with other similarly styled running challenge apps.

Even though Save the Park is a free app to download and play, the American Express Foundation has promised to donate $1 to the US National Park Foundation for every download of this app completed before the end of the year (up to $50,000). This makes your download of this fun app well worth the time.

download (12)Save the Park iPhone app requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedited fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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