Easy to pick up
Can get repetitive
Gauntlet Runner -
At first, I wasn’t sure about this little gem. Truth be told, I thought I’d be in for a slight disappointment. In fact the game surpassed my expectations and really began to grown on me by the time I was finished with it.
It’s a simple game, there‘s no denying that. A cute little platformer, that at heart stays true to the genre. Your name’s Murney, and you’re on a mission to deliver some data for the king of robot cool.. Your creator. Truth be told, that’s simpler than it sounds. At first, anyway. After starting the game, you’ll be given your task and sent across the dangerous depths “the field” in order to get tour package to Professor Derg. In reality, you’ll be running from one side of your monitor to the other. whilst jumping over an array of obstacles and nasties.
When I say simple, I mean it. There’s only one button you’ll ever need to use and that’s space. With a push of your little mechanical ankles, you can leap quite quickly into the air. You get pretty high for a clunky box of metal, I always wonder if I where to make my own little robot if I’d have put in a little more love than Mr RobotBuilder did. I mean, after all.. You’re just a little tin can filled with a dim buzzing electrical brain, how hard would it be to add a little splash of colour on the side. Plain is boring, but luckily the levels aren’t.
The levels start off pretty simple, and at first it’s just a matter of taping space a few seconds before an obstacle comes up. Hit anything on the screen, and your little robot buddy will go up in smoke. It looks nice, but it also means you have to start the level again! Now, as you progress through the game everything becomes slightly more complex. I made my way though the first couple of levels with ease, zipping through with a nice pacey time. As I moved through the levels, I tended to be back at the beginning more often than I’d expect from such a game. Heck, how can pressing one button on your keyboard be so tricky. Trust me, it is. You’ll notice the blocks are packed together tightier as you progress, there’s just more of them in general and more importantly your little enemies hit the coca cola and speed up just to try and ruin your day. Never fear, it’s all in the name of fun!
Graphically, the game is fairly simplistic. I wouldn’t want it any other way either. Simple graphics for a simple game. Just like the game, everything here just feels natural. From the clean cartoony backgrounds, and bright bulging blocks to the slightly more amusing little turtle like… bomb thingies. Everything has a sense of character that you don’t really get with 3D games of the modern era. That’s not to say there’s not room for improvement, in my opinion everything felt slightly static.
Like any good game, there’s one clear goal here. Get from A to B, and don’t die. It’s a simple but fun experience. Perfect for those of you starting out with platform games, or maybe for your kids who’re just starting out on games in general. It’s a game worthy of your collection, even if it won’t keep you occupied for hours on end. It’s definatly fun and when you have a couple minutes to kill, give it a go.
Oh and, I love being called Murney.. That just rocks.
Review by: Sean
Safe for all ages