Price: FREE     Score: 9/10     Category: Games

FantasyXRunners, developed by moonrabbit, is an awesome freerunning game that combines jumping, slashing action with gorgeous anime-meets-fantasy visuals. If you’re a sucker for sidescrolling running games, there’s no reason not to check out this challenging and fun game.

The basic premise is simple: choose an avatar (you’ll only have access to the fighter at first, unless you want to pony up for a bag of rubies right up front), and then jump to avoid obstacles. The more enemies you slash with your sword, the more rubies you can collect. And more rubies means more cool running avatars, allowing you to pick a runner that’s just as cool as it is talented.

But where FantasyXRunners really excels are the moments where it blends other gaming elements with its running roots. For example, there are tons of RPG-style features such as a companion system, tricky boss monsters, a quest system, and berserk system. The latter of these allows for some seriously impressive combo moves, so its worth mastering.

The longer you run, the more speed you pick up, and the more challenging it becomes to anticipate enemies and obstacles. And with 5 stages to master, you have a lot of running to do if you want to unlock all the characters without paying for rubies.

The controls couldn’t be easier. Tap left to jump, tap right to attack. Like any good running game, the controls are simple enough that they don’t distract you from speed and strategy.

The music is totally charming, and very appropriate to the subject matter. And thankfully, it’s not so catchy that you’ll be humming it for hours afterward. It’s perfect, but not ear-wormy.

More than the sum of its parts, this running game appeals to anyone who loves sword and sorcery, time wasters, runners, or casual gamers just looking for an awesome free game to try out.

FantasyXRunners is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later.

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