Smartphone games seem to be dominated by two genres at the moment, namely Angry Birds-style physics-based puzzlers, and endurance runners where you automatically zip along to the right and simply tap to jump over stuff.
While Angry Birds remains the best in the former category, Mega Run (Redford’s Adventure, to use its full title) is arguably now the best in the latter. It’s seriously good, Brian.
What makes Mega Run so much better than all the other runny jumpy games? Well, the visuals, for starters. Words cannot do justice to just how good Mega Run looks. It’s eye-meltingly vibrant. Even the relatively dark - and final - world, Scary Woods, is all lovely blues and greens. Luscious.
What else? Well, Get Set Games has crammed no less than 28 power-ups into Mega Run. Admittedly some of them are upgrades (Magnet 1, Magnet 2, Magnet 3…), but there’s tons of stuff to unlock.
There are also seven playable characters in Mega Run, including Sheldon the Turtle, who looks suspiciously like a Koopa Troopa. He’s not so much a distant cousin as separated at birth.
Indeed, the Mario influence doesn’t end there. We’ve got coins, stars, smashing blocks, temporary invincibility… Mega Run is unashamedly Nintendo-influenced, but that’s not a bad thing.
There are also achievements, leaderboards, a horde of different baddies, and four sets of sixteen levels. Yep, that's 64 (Nintendo 64) levels.
Being free and without ads, there is – of course – a freemium element to Mega Run, which Get Set Games casually describes as the option to “early unlock” levels and power-ups.
However, Mega Run is incredibly tough at times, and falling off the bottom of the screen means you have to start over. Unless - here's the catch - you’ve got a Save Star, allowing you to continue within the level.
Now, Save Stars can be bought in the Store, however your in-game currency (used to buy the aforementioned power-ups and characters) is no good. Nope, you have to fork out real money.
To be fair, you do get the occasional rationing of Save Stars as you level up, and they’re just enough to get by, but there’s always that sneaking suspicion that Mega Run’s difficulty has been cranked with a view to making a few bucks.
But fear not, I’ve managed to bash my way through it without spending a penny. I almost feel kinda guilty...
And that’s Mega Run. It’s as close to Yoshi’s Island as you’ll get on the iPhone or iPad, and that, Sir, is a good thing.
- Looks incredible
- Lots of junk to unlock
- 64 levels
- It’s free and without ads
- Free updates on the way
- Not so much
Summary: Mega Run is great. It’s bright, it’s fun, and it smells – in a good way – like Nintendo.
Developer: Get Set Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Price: free @ App Store