Runling Run 4 v0.66
5 Star Average Arcade Rating
1452 Community Ratings
Runling Run 4 Breakdown
The main and only point of this game is to run a unit clockwise in a spiral maze without getting hit by obstacles, and once in the centre of the maze the madness starts all over again. How can this ever be fun? Well, each time the maze resets there is a noticeable increase in difficulty, and every so often there is a boss battle that involves a lot of dodging and waiting. So it’s not exactly the same thing every time, but that is not the biggest draw to this game for most. You are rewarded experience points for every corner you reach, which can then translate into skill points once your runner levels up. Right away the most valuable skill attribute you can have is more speed, you start off pretty slow regardless of what character you choose. There is an array of different runners beyond the zergling, each with unique abilities that make the game evolve beyond just intensive right clicking (which is basically what you should expect for your first 20-30 minutes of gameplay). Your runner stats save automatically and are loaded the next time you play a game, there is even multiple slots so you can have different runners building up experience if you choose. The game is over when every player has been stricken by an obstacle, but the game includes a very forgiving feature that allows players to save one another by running over their last location (which is marked by their burrowed runner).
Those of you who are familiar with WarCraft 3 may recognize this game and it’s similarities to the classic Run Kitty Run, and if you were a fan of that you will surely be into this one. One thing that became really popular with this map for some reason was embedding music, and later the trend became speeding up the music. It was kind of comical the first time, but as you can imagine- got older faster than the song could end. Runling Run 4 has followed suit and added some music to pump you up or throw you off, depending on how you take your music. Personally, I think it’s a bad idea, but as long as the songs stay at their normal speed I can see some people not minding. You can always turn it off on your end, and blast your own tunes the way it really should be done, the game sound effects aren’t even critical.
Runling Run 4 offers hours of good arcade fun, and is certainly worth checking out. Keep in mind this is still in Beta and the developer plans to add a lot more to the game in the future, which will be something to look forward to and give me good reason to revisit the game. This is a great map to play with a bunch of friends and is relatively easy to play for anyone. In public open games there is almost always experienced players that will carry the new players on to the harder levels, which can be both good and bad. The experience payouts increase as the game goes on, so you can level very rapidly if you can manage. This map has a lot of room to grow, and is a promising up and coming arcade classic.
3.5 out of 5