I Must Run! Review: Two Hours and Two Bucks
No it’s not another Parappa the Rapper game, it’s a nifty action game on the 3DS, “I Must Run!” Using a noir-inspired story and comic book graphics, “I Must Run!” is a friendly companion on short train or bus rides.
A lack of story depth and shallow level design will make you look somewhere else when the need to play something for long periods of time however.
But regardless of its non-existent ability to totally knock you off your feet, a two-buck price tag makes it an interesting offer.
After accidentally killing the mayor’s evil son, our main character tries to escape from jail and get to his wife before the mayor does. If this sounds like it’s out of a bad comic, that’s okay, the graphics totally make that a reality. It’s not that they’re lackluster; it’s just very similar photos over and over. The same thing goes during gameplay; it feels like your racing across a never-ending track. It’s essentially lather, rinse repeat the entire time.
Run, punch, dive and jump.
Although it’s challenging in an old school kind of way, the charm quickly runs its course. The fact that all the game’s levels are opened up in another gameplay mode also takes away the need to play through the main game. What you’re left with is a fun distraction, rather than what feels like a real game.
3DS gamers looking for something more mature or something, anything that’s not puzzle-oriented on the Nintendo eShop will have to wait a little longer. While it has its moments, “I Must Run!” is ultimately worth the money you paid for it.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
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