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iRunner sprints out in front of other Android running games

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Even the most colorful running games are repetitive, and quickly become tired. But iRunner's differing environments, coins, power-ups, costume changes and lollipop rewards make it more exciting and involved than your standard horizontal scroller.

A concept you're probably already familiar with, the object of the game is to avoid running into solid objects or falling into pits and crevices. There are also coins, batteries, presents and power-ups to collect along the way.

The game already has your character running on his own. Your job is to safely direct him through the game using the "jump" and "slide" controls, which are on the bottom of the screen. Anyone who has ever played a running or basic platformer game knows this isn't as easy as it sounds. There's always some crack or wall that comes out of nowhere and kills you. The fact that it's always so unexpected and you always come so close to achieving your personal best is what makes these games so addictive.

The first thing you'll notice when you launch iRunner is its graphics. The way the bright colors pop off the screen is almost 3D. The art style is also very fun and quirky.

An added bonus, instead of feeling like you're running past the same piece of scenery over and over again, this game has tons of different environments to run through, including warehouses and swamps.

By far the most exciting little Easter egg to be found in this game is the ability to turn into a Batman version of your character. You just have to collect a number of gift packages to make it happen. When you pass a level, the game rewards you with your very own enormous lollipop. These minor, yet eccentric, details seem to say "We don't take ourselves too seriously," which is key in an overrun genre such as this.

The game is interesting, and runs quite well as a whole. It doesn't take a lot of time to work your way through the game, though, which is a bit disappointing. That's the only key improvement I would suggest to the developers.

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