Earlier the other morning, Eli and I spent some time with Rock Runners [$0.99]. It's a physics-based runner that tasks you with swinging and jumping over and to various obstacles and platforms. You know, the standard stuff. Where it kinda breaks away from the pack is in its production value. Solid visuals, 3D models, and sound design accompany the standard genre action, making the game pop a bit more than it would have otherwise.

If you've got Runner Fatigue in a bad way, there's probably nothing in here that's going to blow your socks off. If you don't, however, maybe check this out. It might click with you:

  • http://matt-curtis.me/ Matt Curtis


  • Dailion Ando

    anoter runner .....

  • http://www.tap-start.com/ Mirkwood

    Finally, an untapped genre

    • 1Fcm

      I have to be honest, this game is much more than just a runner. Its more in line with Rayman Jungle Run. And in some ways it excels. The graphics are top notch and the challenge really ramps up nicely. There are a ton of levels which can be a bit repetitive, but they are always different and offer interesting challenges. There is definitely some trial and error. I also appreciate that not every level has the exact same requirement. Some ask you to get all the gems, some ask you only get a percentage, some require getting through with no damage, etc. The swinging mechanic takes a bit or practice and getting used to, but once i understood it, i was jumping, running and swinging with perfect timing. I definitely recommend it!

  • HelperMonkey

    Canabalt is still $2.99...

    • themostunclean

      Sarcasm incoming in 3..2....1-

      But with Canabalt you get top notch production value and tons of content. Not to mention frequent, almost daily, updates. I cant wait for Canabalt 2!!!

      • dancj

        Canabalt is great, but "almost daily updates"????

        It's had exactly 7 updates in the over three years that it's been out.

      • toxiccheese

        Um... He did say he was being sarcastic....

      • dancj

        Oops. My bad.

      • Urthop

        You might want to reread the very first line of what you replied to. 🙂

  • Jimmy Mackey

    I like the idea of a high production value and the 3D element is certainly something my son would find cool. I would be the best dad in the world for finding this game for him, and he will enjoy it when we take our car trip this summer for vacation. I try to make sure she has an educational app to go along with the DISH Anywhere app so my kids can watch live and recorded TV from our receiver at home, and learn something. That way they are both educated and entertained on our trips, which prevents unnecessary fighting between my son and daughter. I also like to use the DISH Anywhere app when I’m on my breaks while working at DISH, so I get some relaxation and entertainment too.

    • Nate

      I am very disappointed to see that the DISH Network spammers have invaded TouchArcade. Your marketing strategy is infuriating to the majority of the people who encounter it, and you would be well advised to knock it the f**k off.

    • cuw

      You forgot the little ™ after DISH you better be careful they might come after you. It strikes me as super weird that a company like DISH would utilize comment spamming because I thought it was only used for WORK FROM HOME and FREE IPHONE ads.

      Anyway, wrt to the discussion of saturation of runners and other genres I think it's inevitable that genres just get worn out with little change to them on a store where quality and innovation are not something you can safely charge a premium for. If you are designing a game at this point you have to hedge your bets and try and hit as many people as possible unless you are a market leader. An independent developer is going to have to have a lot of money to get the kind of attention required for a game and if it is ultra-niche but really good they will have almost no ROI compared to an entrenched genre. It seems that the App Store has the curse that $1.99 is about the largest amount a normal person will spend for an app, and number seems to be going down with the availability of cheaper iOS devices.

  • Karzay

    So the billboards advertise the game's IAP? Lol