Price: Free to Play
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2, iPod touch 4
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First, Redford jumped to a degree which could be described as “Mega.” Now, he conquers the x-axis in the new auto-running game, Mega Run.
Now, this isn’t exactly an ’endless’ runner per se – the game is actually level-based, with 64 levels for Redford and his friends from all across the color spectrum to run through. The levels contain coins and power ups to collect, such as stars for running through walls, a magnet for collecting coins, and a jetpack for flying high in the sky, and making coin collection easier. There are also 3 gems to collect in each level, and a points system for getting 3 stars! Everything in triplicate! Powerup upgrades and new characters unlock as the player levels up, or pays for Mega Points to skip ahead.
The level-based approach actually works rally well for the game. There’s plenty of variety, and the game uses a Sonic-esque approach of having multi-tiered levels. There’s a certain rhythm to finding all the gems in a level, and the game randomizes its segments on replay in order to add some variety. The game is explosively vibrant and well-animated, it’s just a joy to look at. It also has seamless cloud saving – I can easily play the game on my iPad during the day, and switch over to the iPod touch before trying to sleep.
Mega Run is very much a free to play title, and while it appears that much of everything is unlockable for free, it just will take a while. The game never hesitates to remind the player that they can spend money to jump ahead, or to spend Mega Points on Save Stars, which rescue the player from a fall into a bottomless pit.
Then again, it is 2012 and this sort of thing is almost to be expected, and anything that’s purchasable really just appears to serve as shortcuts. Also, the game sneaked the ability to watch video ads in exchange for currency past the Apple review team in the initial App Store version; hurry before they find out, possibly by reading this!
Mega Run is still a fantastic auto-runner though. The choice for set levels was an inspired one, and it will take plenty of time to play and master them all. The fact that it looks great and has cloud saving is just the cherry on top.