The title Run Roo Run! is actually a misnomer. The key to the game is jumping, as players must avoid cacti and other obstacles that could spell demise for your cute kangaroo. It may seem like a game built for children, but after playing a few rounds I found that many adults would enjoy it as well. In fact its universal appeal was likely one of the factors that helped it earn the Game of the Week tag from Apple.
What helps Run Roo Run succeed is the variety of game play elements that are slowly introduced over time. With each chapter there are new tricks like double jumps, long jumps or targeting a tire to leap even higher.
There are also some limited tools to help in particularly frustrating situations. For example, consider the bus pass. This instantly passes you through this level and onto the next. There is also an hourglass that slows down the action to make it easier to time the jumps.
The trend of premium content inside of games is going strong, as those who want additional bus passes or other upgrades can purchase them in batches.
Run Roo Run has great graphics and is very stable. I tested the HD version on an original iPad, and it was smooth sailing (or leaping,, in this case). For those looking for a great game with minimalist controls, Run Roo Run is an excellent option.
- Simple concept well executed
- Differentiation maintains player interest
Off the Mark:
- Premium upgrades may tempt more money from your pouch.