Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Mr. Runner 2: The Masks is the follow-up to the popular Mr. Runner and Mr. Runner Plus games. As the name implies, Mr. Runner 2 is an infinite runner, but it’s noticeably different from other standard infinite runners because players don’t time jumps to make it over gaps in the level. Rather, in this game, players speed up or slow down to collect coins and avoid obstacles. There is a sprint meter in the bottom center of the screen and tapping to the right of it causes Mr. Runner to sprint, and tapping to the left causes him to slow down. Mr. Runner never actually stops moving forward, though, even when the slow down button is held, which means stopping right in front of a deadly obstacle might not be good enough since he’ll take a step forward in about a second.
The graphics and visuals are little strange, but definitely unique. Mr. Runner wears a mask and it can be swapped out for one of the other fifty-four masks. Many of the masks are inspired by pop culture and other apps, like Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. The sound effects are also strange, with Mr. Runner shouting “yo yo” and other nonsense. Even with these weird elements, I liked the feel of the game. It’s definitely unlike any other game out there.
Levels have gold coins scattered throughout and they can be spent in a store that has extra revive potions and power-ups, like a coin magnet, which makes collecting coins easy, and various other items and accessories. The potions are very important because they allow players to continue a level after dying instead of restarting, like putting in fifty cents to continue playing an arcade game.
Mr. Runner 2: The Masks is a noteworthy sequel to the first two Mr. Runner games. It’s fun, easy to play, and has a lot of content to unlock. The artistic style is a little strange, but in a good way, and it adds a unique touch the crowed genre of infinite runners.