I’ll admit that I had reasonably high expectations when I heard of this release. The chance to control a running robot is always one to anticipate. The first 8 training levels familiarize you with the game’s controls. Basic skills include jumping, ducking and speed boosting, all of which are controlled with the tap of a button. However, I soon found the controls and game play to be clunky. The speed of the game renders what little sense of control there is invalid as I found myself trudging through each level over and over again through trial and error. Combine this with a very small margin for error and my patience was left wearing thinner by the minute.
Aside from having to play each level numerous times in order to eventually stumble to the finish line, there is little replay value other than to try to collect enough ‘orbs’ in order to unlock ‘hyper mode’. This is basically a never-ending level that challenges you to try and set high scores by surviving for as long as possible.
Game play aside, the visuals are unimaginatively bland, though the background does change from time to time. The music would also start and stop every time I died, which was very jarring having to hear the same few seconds of the soundtrack over and over again.
With many other similar games out there being given away for free, there really is no reason to try Robot Runner.