Run Roo Run HD

Run Roo Run HD

Hip, hop and you won’t want to stop…

Developed by 5th Cell – the same team that brought you Scribblenauts Remix, Run Roo Run is a superb platformer that turns a simple mechanic into something much deeper. It’s one of those classic one-finger iOS games that somehow manages to challenge you and offer hours of fun.

After Roo’s Joey is snatched by hunters and driven off to the zoo in Sydney, she decides to hop her way across Australia on a daring rescue mission. Each stage sees Roo bouncing from left to right, and all you have to do is tap the screen to make her jump over the hazards. It’s simple, but each mission throws a new object or contraption into the mix.

After a while, you will be making pixel-perfect jumps using springboards, while double jumping, riding jet streams and using switches to turn off spiked floors. Things do get difficult, but part of its genius is the way it gradually introduces these elements to teach you as you progress. This will help you better understand the mechanics on offer, and help you unlock more stars for achieving fast times on each stage.

The hellish extreme levels require precision, speed and a lot of patience if you want to earn every star in the game. There are five per chapter and they get crushingly difficult almost from the start. With 5th Cell’s trademark visual style and humour, Run Roo Run is the perfect package. It offers quick bursts of fun on the move that don’t take a genius to understand, but will take top skill to master. It’s also massive, delivering a generous amount of quality content for a modest price.

Rated 5 out of 5

So charming and playable, you’d be hopping mad to miss out.


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