Take one part endless runner, one part Ice Climbers, toss them in a tumbler with a nifty interface, good music and visual design, and you pretty much have Daddy Was a Thief. However, the resulting mixture is not exactly a finely crafted cocktail. It's more like something Homer would make for breakfast. Much like those moon waffles, Daddy Was a Thief offers a tasty first bite, but that's about all you can manage before it becomes a bit too much.
Endless Runner Games
Whenever my editor doles out review assignments for the week, my crest falls anytime I see a game with the word “Runner” in the title hovering below my name in the email. Maybe I’m suffering from runner game exhaustion. Like anyone who has taken on a marathon, I’ve hit the wall when it comes to running games and not sure I can take another game where I have to jump and avoid things to make it as far as I can. Will Mr. Runner 2: The Masks save my from my exhaustion or give me a second wind enthusiasm for running games? Damned if I know. Let’s find out.
As it is standard operating procedure for blockbuster franchises, all of the Iron Man movies have had mobile spin-offs. As is the case with a lot of movie games, the Iron Man titles have all been relatively playable, but not all that notable. While the most recent game for Iron Man 2 was an action brawler, the latest effort is an endless runner, the genre that's become ubiquitous across the App Store. Though it should be noted that in the case of Iron Man 3: The Official Video Game, we technically have an "endless flyer."
Appropriately enough for a surreal, absurdest title like this, the original Robot Unicorn Attack got its start on the Internet as flash game. It was released in early 2010, a year when there seemed to be an unusual obsession for blogs and memes that focused on wacky combinations of random items. The massive popularity of the game quickly spread and it wasn't long before Robot Unicorn Attack made its way to mobile platforms and all manner of re-skinned spinoffs. With the arrival of Robot Unicorn Attack 2, we now have a sequel that appears to be every bit as shiny and ridiculous as its predecessor.
Madmonster, a combination between an endless runner and a platform game, delivers an excellent first impression. Tired of accelerating in one direction? Madmonster offers left and right action. Had enough of simply jumping for coins with a platformer? Try leaping high into the stratosphere to smash satellites and planes, that should do the trick. With such expanded and diverse game play, I thought I was in gaming heaven. Unfortunately, paradise didn't make room for this money grubbing monster.
The Iron Man 3 movie and official mobile game are about to blast off next week. But before they both take flight, let's take a look at the trailer, which just launched today.
Another week, another running game. Their onslaught is never ending. Some are good, some are bad, and most are functional but forgettable. Have no fear, stalwart iOS gamer, Arcade Sushi is here! Lets have a look at Run Sheldon and find out whether or not the tortoise really does beat the hare or if that rascally rabbit trounces poor Sheldon into the ground.