Some games are fun, some games are addictive, some games should be played with friends, and some games do all this and are free to play as well. Fun Run by dirtyBit is the latest Android pick up and play game that is taking the world by storm. Fun Run may look like a child-like, cartoon-esque romp, but with players regularly decapitated and a few splatters of blood here and there, the game can be enjoyed by both the younger generation and adults alike.
The premise of the game is to race in a fun run. There are four contestants (or 2, 3 or 4 when against friends) and the winner is the player who gets to the finish line first. However, all is not so simple, as the courses have various obstacles such as jumps, toffee and all manners of bumps and twists that slow the player down on his travels. In addition to the excellent course layout (and there are multiple courses which get added and updated on a regular basis), the players have power-ups which give them a selection of useful equipment which allows them to take the lead.
During the game the player will pick up speed-boosts, jet-packs for a burst of height, boxes that repel other players with a comic fist that knocks them backwards, magnets that pull players backwards, shields that protect and samurai swords that cut other players in too. Just as in the courses, there are regular updates that add new weapons to the gameplay, meaning that the game always feels fresh to play. There is the option of playing against three other random people and the option of playing with a group of up to four friends. As the game is played over the internet, the friends you play against do not even have to be in the same room as you, so multiplayer mode is fun no matter which way you decide to play it.
The player can choose one of six characters (a fox, bear, turtle, rabbit, deer and recently added lion), each of which is cutely drawn a cartoon style. Each character can be tweaked with additional add-ons such as hats, shoes, skates, glasses and speed-trails, again all done in a cute graphical style that makes the game look like it’s for younger gamers. The backdrops are a variety of hill and caverns or candy-cane land type graphics. The colours are bold and beautiful and the screen scrolls from right to left. Even with a lot of action happening on the screen at one time, the screen scrolls very smooth and very fast.
There are sound effects in the game and not much else to the sound. As with most of these games most people will probably not even have sound on, so it really doesn’t affect the gameplay on anyway. The sound effects that are included in the game suit the action perfectly, with excellent sound for the variety of ways in which the player can die or be hit by various objects. The sound, just as the graphics, are cartoon-like and suit the game, perfectly acceptable for both adults and younger players.
Just as in many free-to-play games, Fun Run has the option of the player buying various add-ons for the player’s character(s) in the game with real money or from the collection of coins within the game. Depending on if the game is lost or won depends on how many points the player is awarded. A first place win can add the player anything up to twenty-odd points or more at a time, depending on how many traps etc they used throughout the game. There lower rank the player finishes in the game, the lower the amount of points they are awarded.
The game also includes a ranking system based on what position the player finishes in games. The players rank can be compared to friends who are also playing the game, and it all adds to the competitive nature of the game.
Fun Run is awesome, it’s a game that is taking mobile gamers by storm, and just one session with it will have the player addicted for a very long time. Just as many multiplayer games, the game is more fun when played against friends, however is fun even against strangers. The game is free to play, has plenty to keep the player coming back, and should be downloaded from the Google Play Store as soon as possible. However, it should carry a Government Health Warning as it is stupidly addictive and may ruin your life for a short time.