Here's a neat surprise: Uber Entertainment, the Kirkland-based studio behind Super Monday Night Combat and Planetary Annihilation, is primed to release its first iPhone and iPad game this coming Thursday. Set in the universe of Monday Night Combat, Outland Games is an auto-runner that tasks you with running, slashing, and leaping your way to freedom as millions watch around the globe. It's like Running Man, but... literal.

We've been playing around with a build for a couple of days, and while it is very much a simple runner, it has some neat spots of design. The combo system is pretty cool. As you leap across crevices and thrash the game's robotic enemies, you can chain together your actions and basically juggle yourself. There's also the Monday Night Combat-influenced trimmings -- the over-the-top announcing, the characters, and the focus on cash and character garb.

If you were wondering, it controls pretty well and the persistent systems are keeping us moving along. Give it a look, if you're interested. And by the way: it'll hit at 99¢ as a Universal app.

  • dekon

    Another endless runner.... I'm getting sick and tired of it. Create something fresh!

    • blackbear219

      4 of 6 stories so far today are endless runner related. Ahhh, make it stop!

    • ExcaliburEdge

      The App Store is flooded with one trick ponies like this. If more people would be willing to shell out a little more cash for high quality games, I don't think it would be so bad.

  • mrTofu

    People love this stuff, besides the vocal TA readers

    • MidianGTX

      They also love other stuff, but this is the only one being jammed down their throats.

      • naturalucka

        Haha, only not.

    • Greyskull

      And people will get sick of them, before the industry (if you can call it that) figures it out, leading to a bunch of tiny studios going bankrupt.

      • mrTofu

        I'm sure this coming from Uber is simply getting their feet wet in iOS. I funded Planetary Annihilation on kickstarter, and I hope they didn't use my money for this :).

  • ImJPaul

    This looks like quite possibly one of the coolest runners in quite a while. Count me as one of the vocal TA forum members that eats up runners.

  • Gamer_Kev

    Another boring side scrolling auto runner. The flood of innovation was one of the reasons I used to like iOS so much, but that seems to be disappearing from app store these days. I would so much rather play a true platformer instead of these casual one button mashers.

    • cclogg

      I wonder if it's related to how saturated the app store is... maybe we just aren't finding those *other* games, or maybe since developers know people pay for endless runners, they just keep making them? Well, just a thought ><

      I personally still enjoy good ones though! Ski Safari, Rayman Run, etc...

  • Dylan Praesto

    i don't get why people are hating on endless runners. I still like them.

  • James Gerbino

    I love MNC, and everything Uber has made is awesome so far. This looks... um.. uber! Can't wait to give them some more of my money. Unless it's F2P in which case they can stuff it. 🙂

  • Diego Sven

    Personally, I've never liked runners (collecting coins is not rewarding for me). This one looks great, but there are already thousands of good looking runners.

  • Zeldaniac

    If it's free, it'll probably suck, but if it's paid then it won't be worth the money. So that kinda sucksq