Developer: Bulkypix
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★½☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

For an Endless Runner, Little Amazon plods along. Not in terms of the speed in which Lily, the main character, runs through the level but in terms of the actual gameplay. It’s all just a little too uninspired and safe. It might be fun for five minutes but it’s not long before it immediately becomes apparent that Little Amazon just isn’t interesting enough. Given the huge amount of choice in the Endless Runner genre, a new title has to offer something special to be noteworthy. Little Amazon just doesn’t manage it.

Players control Lily as she runs away from an evil demon, while collecting coins, defeating other monsters, and generally lasting as long as possible. There’s a kind of story in the form of brief interludes, invoked by travelling a certain distance but, for the most part, Little Amazon is solely about lasting as long as possible.

That just isn’t interesting enough as the mechanics and background of Little Amazon don’t evolve quickly enough. Instead, players will spend a lot of time jumping and shooting along the same scenes. These mechanics work well enough with one virtual button controlling jumping and the other shooting a, limited in number, laser attack, but it’s hardly exciting. Upgrades are possible such as new weapons and a better jump, but these require a significant number of coins to unlock. It’s the kind of thing that’s geared less towards player satisfaction and more towards players giving in and purchasing a couple of in-app purchases. These upgrades might go some way to making things more interesting but it’s a matter of too little, too late.

Crucially, though, Little Amazon‘s main offense is that it just isn’t interesting enough. It’s the perfect definition of average and nothing more. Something that really doesn’t cut it any more in the Endless Runner genre, even for free.

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