I am such a huge fan of Mega Jump, the infuriatingly cute yet challenging coin collecting game from Get Set Games that I jumped (mega-jumped) at the chance to play their newest Mega game, Mega Run: Redford’s Adventure. I’ll be the first to admit that I find most side-scroller platform games dull as dirt when compared to the 3D games that run rampant today. Heck, I think the last one that really got me worked up was way back in the days of Super Mario. For this very reason I was surprised (mega-surprised) that I found Mega Run so much unstoppable fun! For the first time in a decade a side-scroller game has been entered into my small collection of games I can’t do without and now occupies a semi-permanent spot on my iPhone.
The first thing that strikes you about this game is the explosive colors of the bright and whimsical graphics. Each level is replete with an awe-inspiring variety of colorful flowers, Tiki statues, balloons and more. Even the baddies come in a rainbow mix of humorous characters with expressive faces and individual personalities making the entire visual palette of the game a real treat for the eyes.
The gameplay is dead simple but still challenging. Redford charges ahead at his own pace and the player is tasked with making the little guy jump. The longer you hold your tap, the high Redford flies. Now you need to keep away from baddies, walls and open gaps that drop you to the jungle floor far below but other than that you need only worry about picking up coins and special items along the way. Some groups of baddies can’t be dodged every time so you’ll need to take them out, which Redford can do by landing squarely on top of them. Time it right and you can jump off the baddie you just landed on with added oomph. A good move to know if you want to reach high up items.
Mega Run has a lot of the same special, temporary ability bonuses as Mega Jump including perennial favorites fireball and the laugh-inducing embiggenator and you’ll need to use these to make it through some of the trickier spots along the way. Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of chances to practice as baddies bump you off into the wild blue yonder. The good thing is levels don’t get repetitive as every time you start they are randomized as to the paths presented to you – a really cool idea if you ask me!