Running Fred is the latest title from Dedalord, who also brought us Falling Fred and the twisted puzzler Psychoban. This Falling Fred sequel retains much of the same charm and brutality that made the original so much fun. With addicting “just one more try” gameplay, simple and smooth aesthetics, and a nice dark sense of humor, this is definitely an auto-runner that should not be missed out on.
You play as Fred, a poor, pathetic ginger fellow who is on the run from Death itself. Somehow, he’s ended up in the most horrible house of horrors imaginable, with plenty of over the top traps and lots of mean looking sharp things just waiting to impale, crush, slice, dice, and grind Fred into bloody paste. The randomness of these evil castles made them quite charming, and I often let out a sick cackle after the more amusing of Fred’s deaths. Running across three speed boosters only to slam into a wall and literally explode brings a kind of cartoon delight to the game, despite the bloody nature of each death.
The controls are simple. You tilt the device left and right to steer Fred down these chaotic corridors and hellish hallways, tapping the screen to jump and double jump. As you avoid traps you’ll collect special coins known as skullies, which can be used to buy new or better abilities, such as a wall run or a wider coin collection range. You can also buy plenty of amusing costumes for the poor guy, though most of them are ludicrously expensive. Getting enough skullies to buy anything of value is an endless exercise in patience, though you can always opt to buy extra skullies through in-app purchases if you don’t feel like grinding them out.
The game is split into three main modes: the normal adventure mode castle progression with a linear set of levels, the endless mode with randomized levels, and special challenges which need to be unlocked in the normal mode. The adventure mode is really just a big exercise in trial and error, as you will surely die often trying to learn the layout of a level or as you’re introduced to new, never before seen hazards. All in all, this is an extremely fun game. It’s not perfect and is very slow without IAP, but it’s a solid runner with nice simple aesthetics and awesome music. Best of all, the game is available completely for free, so there’s no harm in giving it a try.