That's right, Hurdle Turtle [99¢]. TouchArcade cohort Eli Hodapp and I have been enjoying this silly game for the past couple of months since release, and felt it was high time for a full review. Sometimes its hard to explain exactly why someone likes a certain game, and Hurdle Turtle is no different. It's an endless running game that's certainly fun, but it doesn't do anything especially unique from the countless others out there. Still, whether its the hilarious front flips your turtle performs, the way it looks like he (or she) might be having a seizure while running, or the excellent retro chip tunes and blocky graphics, there's just something about Hurdle Turtle that makes it infinitely likable.

Hurdle Turtle has been around for a while now, as a Flash game and an Xbox Live Indie title. The goal is to run for as long as possible down a straight track while avoiding obstacles and keeping pace with an increasing speed. You can move in any direction while running, and bust wicked front flips with a jump button. You can even move around in the air during a jump, which adds a bit of strategy to how you deal with oncoming hazards. It's not groundbreaking for a running game, but it doesn't mess up the tried and true formula.

What really sets Hurdle Turtle apart is the awesome style of the game. Your turtle is cute, and has a lot of personality for a blocky sprite, and the retro chip tune music is catchy. A huge 2.0 update that hit last week added a ton of new content to the game, too. There is now a total of 11 different turtles to pick from, and three different environments to race in. The game keep track of your total distance run across all games, and each of these new items unlock at set different distance intervals, adding a nice sense of progression to the gameplay. High scores are tracked through a combination of OpenFeint and Game Center, with achievements to unlock as well.

Let's be honest, expectations run pretty high on the App Store, especially when you're talking about spending an entire dollar. I'm sure there are those who will wonder what exactly is so special about Hurdle Turtle, and complain that the graphics aren't as good as Infinity Blade [$5.99]. But at the end of the day video games are supposed to make you smile, and have fun during a quick break from real life, and I've been doing a ton of both with Hurdle Turtle. If you could use a bit of cute, retro fun and have some spare change lying around, give Hurdle Turtle a download.

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  • John

    If you want to flip turtles, check out TurtleFlip on the AppStore.

    • Jared Nelson

      I will!! I like turtles!!

      • wwhatford

        More Turtle!! Actually not many people realise the entire app store rides on the back of a giant turtle!

      • TheTheory

        And you know what is under that turtle? ANOTHER TURTLE. It is turtles all...the...way...down.

        (but we all know the top turtle is Yurtle. Thank you, Dr. Seuss)

  • Corey Sullivan

    My GF is going to go batsh.. crazy over this game. She's a turtle freak.

  • Flynn Taggart

    Purchased. Love the tard turtle. More games should poke fun at the mentally handicapped. Someone needs to make an endless runner where you play a tard in a wheelchair escaping a burning building. Has to be an endless runner so that you always, always die.

    • Jared Nelson

      Uhhhhh... alrighty then o_O

      If you're referring to that screenshot above, I don't think it's supposed to be a "tard".

      Rather it looks like one of those damned teenagers nowadays, with their baggy pants and sideways baseball caps. His tongue is probably sticking out because he was smoking the pot.

  • Brett

    Considering this animal has legs (as opposed to flippers) and is runnig on dry land, I'd say that's a tortoise, not a turtle. 😉

    • CGSColin


    • CGSColin

      Oh good job me, way to hit post.

      Anyway... The only issue with your observation is Tortoise doesn't rhyme at all with Hurdle. Therefore your argument is invalid 😮

  • haveblue

    The turtle lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, trying to turn itself over, but it can't. Not with out your help. But you're not helping.

  • Pen_sq

    It's a good thing they went with a turtle. A rabbit would be streamlined all wrong. Those ridiculous floppy ears, tsk tsk, ~wind resistance~.

  • stich

    Haha, I love this game. It's so funny!

Hurdle Turtle Reviewed by Jared Nelson on . Rating: 4