Turns out that dying is a pretty easy (and costly) thing to do in Die Hard [Free], a new tie-in movie game based on the latest Die Hard flick. In brief, it's a lane-based runner with a rudimentary shooting mechanic and some borderline aggressive IAP functionality. You play as tough guy John McClane's son (what?) and basically keep him safe as he runs through a bunch of broken down environments. You tap to shoot, swipe vertically to jump, and swipe left or right to move him out of harm's way.

This isn't exactly an endless runner, or at least it doesn't appear to be -- there's a lot of checkpointing, which implies this thing has an end. But, at the same time, using a checkpoint is kind of a pain. You have to pay with two currencies just to use one.

You'll see what we mean if you dig in below. This isn't exactly thrilling stuff, but we're also kinda struggling to think of any film to game adaptation that isn't named Chronicles of Riddick that hasn't been meh. So, hey, Die Hard everyone:

  • mrTofu

    What's with the shakiness at start of the video? Is that the game..also not hearing any game audio seems weird to me. It's too bad, Die Hard Arcade was a classic :). This ain't no Dynamite cop. It's funny in the Die Hard Arcade game there are actually QTE elements in the game that could work well as an endless runner.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    Haha what a mess. Bring back Die Hard Arcade though.

  • MrSpud

    Chronicle of Riddick and Golden Eye 64 are the only two videogames that are better than it's movie, and there's a crapload of movie tie-in out there. I doubt this is another exception, too bad they didn't want to pay the money to use Bruce Willis, feels cheap.

    • KaoseT

      Don't forget Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game :D

      • MrSpud

        Well, it was a movie based on a game, not good! I meant games based on movies. But that's another story altogether, they just don't mix very well I guess!

    • Adams Immersive

      Aliens vs. Predator! Awesome game(s)--the FPS ones--terrible movie(s). Although in that case, the games came before the movies and other than predaliens, not much carried over.

    • bigitec

      It is absolutely impossible that the game is worse than the movie.

  • http://twitter.com/Cid_X Matt Struemph

    The new video player is less than ideal. For the love of all that is holy, please go back to YouTube. It does sort of fit the game, in a sense that both are pretty bad. Technical issues aside, I always enjoy the TA Plays videos. So thank you for making them.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      We're still ironing out some issues with how the player works across the main site, mobile browsers, and the app. Things are a little crazy in the video hosting world with the PS4 announcement. Give us a couple days before fully passing judgement. :)

      • Jacob Gehman

        It kept stopping at various points saying, "content unavailable."

      • http://twitter.com/Cid_X Matt Struemph

        No worries. Tomorrow should be interesting for sure. I'm curious as to why you would want to change the player in the first place? I assume that money, like all things in life, has something to do with the decision. I understand if you don't really want to go into it here. I'm just genuinely interested. Thanks.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        YouTube is really not that great to work with as a content producer. Too many automated things, and basically a black box to yell at when something trips one of those systems. These are just growing pains. Much cooler stuff to come with Game Trailers hopefully!

        (A good example is when a game uses actual licensed music that's fine within the game, we upload a video, it trips the "Hey you don't own the rights to this music!" alarm and then YouTube strips the sound.)

      • knowledge3754

        I agree youtube sucks in various ways. The one that kills me is that at peak time I can NEVER get a video to play without a ton of buffering. Hopefully you guys work out this new solution soon, having no controls to scrubbing and full-screen is a killer. I'm using the ipad app btw

      • http://twitter.com/Cid_X Matt Struemph

        That makes sense. Thanks for taking the time to respond. And good luck with everything!

      • toxiccheese

        Why can't I scrub? full screen mode? Am I missing something?

    • JJE McManus

      On my iPad with the app: no controls, no resize. So, I couldn't watch it. Kinda OFAP disinclined to watch anything else using this. But hey you got the ad hit off me, there's always that.

  • Adams Immersive

    Endless walker?

  • Jan Jørgensen

    I'm having issues with this player too on the iPad.
    There's no way to resize the window, so no full screen video on the iPad.
    That really sucks on a site devoted to iOS games...

    I hope you'll get it fixed.

    • arn

      Ya we are working on it

  • Dirty Harry Hannahan

    Looks incredibly boring.

  • JaysUsernam

    There are some great Movie Tie-Ins, although Riddick really was one of the best, namely Die Hard Trilogy and Alien Trilogy.

  • ak47killa

    I totally love this game. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. But, I can't stop playing it

  • oooooomonkey

    What's with the video? I'm using the TA app on ipad and all I can watch is a tiny little window'd video? Guess I'll pass on this TA plays and check YouTube tomorrow.

    • SirFobos

      The only video I can watch is an ad. So that's the new feature of the video player, add revenue?

  • HelperMonkey

    TA is switching to an ad-free video system that has occasional waiting times for buffering, though you can spend a dime each time to shorten the waiting periods. It's not that bad if you have more than one video going concurrently, as you can watch one while the other one is buffering and then switch back and forth between them, virtually eliminating waiting times. That way there's really no need to pay for continuous play. Another small fee let's you enlarge the video, but that's also totally optional.
    (This is only a joke. Please put down your flamethrowers.)

  • toxiccheese

    This new video player is not what I would consider user friendly. Why can't I scrub? Where is the full screen mode? Am I missing something? I understand if it has those controls on the full Internet site, not sure since I only use the TA app.

  • http://twitter.com/likeacrocodile Like a Crocodile

    The movie was bad. The game is awful. Well done Hollywood!

  • iammane

    I totally agree with ak47killa - I can't stop playing either. Everything about it is so bad that it's good somehow, like a really ugly dog that is so ugly it's charming? I dunno just saying...

  • dancj

    The game is free now so ill give it a try anyway.

    • Appvism

      Yup, same here, i'll try it out - since its free right now.