I don't typically get too excited for games that are a pretty long ways out, but there are so many awesome things going on in this video for Dragon Runner that I just had to share it. Dragon Runner is yet another auto-runner game, but with a lot of unique things going for it. There's hand illustrated and animated visuals, giving it a unique look. Then there's the fact that you're running on the backs of giant sky dragons, which is pretty neat if you ask me. The game also switches to a behind-the-back skydiving game as you switch from one sky dragon to the next. Oh, and most important of all, the main character has an epic beard.

All this and more is explained in the following video, which does get a little behind-the-scenes-y at times but is still interesting, and it still shows a ton of gameplay from Dragon Runner.

The bummer part is that Dragon Runner is shooting for an early 2014 release, which is a long, long ways away in the world of iOS. If you happen to be going to Magfest this week, you can stop by and say hello to developer Cleaversoft and you'll be able to get your hands on the first demo version of Dragon Runner. Beyond that. it's going to be a long year ahead waiting for Dragon Runner, but we'll bring you any more news on its development in the meantime.

  • metalcasket

    *is excited* 366 days left!!!

    In all seriousness though...wow, looks fantastic!

  • ImJPaul

    Going to Magfest. Will be searching tirelessly for this!

  • Fep52

    Looks good! Straight on the Watch List...

  • Dailion Ando

    Another runner,oooh yeaaah

  • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

    2014? really?

  • http://www.centercode.com Luke Freiler

    I die a little inside every time someone promises "depth" in one/two button games. Also, runners...

  • Daveiszzzzzzz

    This game is honestly whats wrong with so much of iOS gaming. Another runner, with an art direction thats so confused as to what its trying to be...this guy was clearly just like "people like beards and dragons" and slapped some random garbage together. Pass.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552732086 Igor McBell

      I don't agree on a "runner" critique, since it is the best way to implement side scrollers on iOS (look at Rayman Jungle Run, Jetpack Joyride).
      But the art is too confusing. I had hard time distinguishing backgrounds from foreground objects. They should really look into Mario's art style, where intensity/saturation of background layers is much lower than in foreground.

  • James Reilly

    I'm curious why people groan when they hear the term "runner"? The alternative is to use a virtual joypad and using that is worse IMO. I know there's a lot of uninspired rip-offs but this game looks great. At least it's not doing the whole temple-run scenario again.

  • gabriel_ca

    They need to change the color of the guys pants, at first I thought the guy wasn't wearing any since the shade is so close to his skin tone.

  • Chiller ONE

    Any news on this? Is it still being released!

  • V for Viennetta

    I've had this one on my 'Upcoming' Watch list since late 2012. Looks like this is still being worked on, but it's name has changed from Dragon Runner to Earth Night.

    From the video clip I've just seen, it looks like there's an impressive overhead free-fall section between each side-scrolling, running-along-a-flying-dragon's-undulating-back level, with levels ending with you stabbing the dragon repeatedly in its eye (...).

    Looks like a mixture of sci-fi with different mythologies' dragons so I'm still looking forward to this over a year & a half later.
    The info only said it'll be released when it's ready.

    I don't know if Team TA are able keep a check on old stuff like this that's yet to materialise (I guess there are tons of quality games that never actually make it to the AppStore) or if they have to wait for press releases from the devs. Either way, this is one I'll definitely keep checking up on.

  • V for Viennetta

    Still no release date for this game on iOS, just "when it's ready". Cleaversoft's website has a video of the PS4/Vista version (I don't know whether that's already released or not - I don't do Sony). They say this'll be a very in-depth game, tho' the video suggests this just means over-cluttered. I'm still looking forward to this more than 2 years on - I just hope they get the gameplay/depth/clutter balance right.

  • hincy89

    This is now EarthNight by cleversoft coming to ps4,vita, iOS etc this year