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RunBot (out this Thursday) is a game about urgency and immediacy that tests how well you can multitask under pressure. Playing as a fugitive robot running away from his creators, you must dodge obstacles, lasers, and enemy drones, all while picking up batteries to ensure you don’t run out of power. It’s an endless runner that rewards you the more you play, and its easy controls and fast-paced gameplay luckily make it difficult to put down.
Using gesture controls, you must guide your ever-sprinting robot along a course and ensure that he doesn’t crash into things. You’ll perform a downward swipe to slide under a laser beam followed by an upwards one to jump over a barricade, for example, sometimes in very quick succession. RunBot’s controls typically stay responsive even during its more hectic moments, but you may occasionally encounter some lag in their response, which can yield a rare game-ending stumble. At times, you’ll also use motion controls during free-falling sequences to maneuver your robot through tunnels of debris. You still need to watch your health, but these moments offer a nice change of pace from the game’s regular format.
Your course is always a little different each time you play, too, so you’ll never know how obstacles are arranged until you’re forced to deal with them. Since your robot is slowly losing power, you'll also need to also keep an eye on his energy meter and pick up batteries to keep him going. Add to that enemy robots to shoot down and branching paths to choose from on the fly, and RunBot becomes an arcade game that offers a surprising amount of action and variety.
The longer you stay alive and further you get during your run, the more experience points you’ll earn to level up your robot. Auto-shields, health buffs, and even a jetpack make each run a little easier and a lot more fun over time. Each battery you pick up can also be used to purchase upgrades, so you should never feel compelled to spend any money in this free-to-play affair unless you simply want to unlock everything right away.
The bottom line. Addictive and always changing, RunBot is great for quick bursts of fun and for those who love a good arcade challenge.
iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later
Fast-paced gameplay with always-changing challenges. Plenty of upgrades to unlock and purchase. Sleek 3D visuals and animations.
Occasionally laggy controls can cost you the game.