Posted on June 3, 2013 AT 01:31pm
Let’s face it, there are hundreds of thousands of games on iOS and many of them feel like the same game with a different skin so it makes it difficult to find that “stand out”. Mr. Runner 2: The Masks does manage to make itself known and provides more than just the average “runner” game.
The mechanics for Mr. Runner 2: The Masks is where the real difference lies. It is not all about running headlong and maybe jumping over obstacles. Players will be required to slow down and make those speed decisions on the fly. The controls are really simple, either tap or hold “buttons” located on the lower left and lower right corners of the screen. You never fully stop, so knowing when to start slowing down is vital lest you continue moving right under that boulder that will crush you. Power-ups and items can be collected and used; like Revives, coins, chests and other useful things. Coins can be used to purchase new costumes as well.
The style of Mr. Runner 2 is charming. While done in 2D, the comic book quality of the opening scenes is silly and imaginative. You are Mr. Runner and you have been locked up by Le Magie. You are not locked in a prison exactly, your head has been locked away. You must run through the world and collect keys to help unlock your mind…before you forget everything about yourself.
The levels are well designed in both difficulty and presentation. It will feel like you are “running” through the panels of a comic book and it works. The music is well chosen for each level and I never found myself wanting to shut it off. Sometimes music can get annoying when you are stuck on a level but not this time. It was a wonderful compliment and did not overpower the experience in any way. The game can easily be put down and picked up, which is extremely important in a mobile game. Being able to play for 10-15 minute stretches and then walk away is mandatory and Mr. Runner 2 does not fail on that point.
Mr. Runner 2 is divided into a series of “paintings” that players must run through to gather keys. There are five paintings and each painting has eight levels. Each level will offer tons of obstacles, anything from collapsing ceilings and water barriers…and sometimes things more bizarre. There is enough content to keep players busy for hours. Replay value is high if you are the “completionist” type. Getting 3-stars on every level will surely keep you playing longer than you would expect.
Overall, Mr. Runner 2: The Masks is a solid mobile game, fun to play and a good way to spend a little money on a lot of fun. It offers a challenge without making you want to pitch your phone across the room.
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