Here is how this game works: Tap on the right half of the screen to jump, or do a long press to execute a longer jump. To sneak under obstacles, tap on the left half of the screen to roll underneath.
The controls are super simple, but actually mastering them is surprisingly tough. You need to have fast reaction times to get past some of these obstacle arrays.
What this game is in desperate need of is improved sound design. There are some generic sound effects for when you jump, roll, or die, but there’s no background music at all.
Even as someone who generally plays games with the sound off, I found myself missing some playful music to go along with this game. At the very least, I want the option to play my own music from my library while enjoying this game.
There were also some minor issues with the game’s structure. After a run, you have to go back to the main menu in order to start a fresh run. This seems like an annoying extra step, particularly when you’re trying to get the hang of the controls early on, and you keep dying.
Overall, How Long Can You Run? is a simple game without a lot of bells and whistles. On the one hand, it’s nice to see a mobile game hit the App Store that hasn’t been stuffed to the gills with IAP and socialization options. That being said, this game feels a bit under-designed. It’s fun, and it’s free, but it could use a bit more polish.
How Long Can You Run? requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. This game is also available for Android devices, so visit Google Play to learn more.
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