GameVision's Mr. Runner [Free] series has proven popular on the App Store, garnering more than 5 million downloads across its normal and Plus [Free] versions. Yesterday a proper sequel to the original games appeared in the App Store, titled Mr. Runner 2: The Masks [$0.99].

Mr. Runner 2 is an auto-running game. Big surprise, right? However, unlike most typical runners that have you jumping over enemies and gaps in the terrain, you're actually tasked with controlling your character's speed in order to safely get through the very dangerously designed levels.

You see, as you run along, the ceiling will occasionally lower down to meet the floor. There are plenty of very fortunately-placed gaps in the ceiling though, so you'll need to slow down or speed up your character so that you're situated in one of these gaps at the time the ceiling decides to drop down, thus saving you from getting crushed.

This is the same mechanic used for the previous Mr. Runner games, but here in this sequel just about every other aspect of the game has been fleshed out and otherwise improved. Graphically, the stark black and white and simple stick figure of the original has been replaced with vibrant, colorful, cartoon-like visuals. It really looks (and sounds) fantastic. You'll also get a whole store full of different upgrades and power-ups to use, as well as an assortment of masks to outfit Mr. Runner with. The game is chock full of pop-culture and video game references, and I've easily spotted a dozen or so just in the first few levels which have made me crack a smile.

On the surface I really like all the improvements made in Mr. Runner 2 compared to the first game, but there are some things I'm not too crazy about. First and foremost is a lack of iPhone 5 widescreen support, as well as Universal iPad support, both of which are said to be coming in an update soon. Also, everything in the game seems so deeply tied to the in-game currencies and IAP that it always feels like it's in your face. I'll have to keep on playing to see just how skewed towards IAP anything in the game really is, but it was enough to stick out to me after spending just a short time with the game.

However, for the most part Mr. Runner 2 seems like a more than competent sequel to the first game, so if you enjoyed that then I imagine you'll really enjoy what's on offer here. It's available right now, and impressions and discussion are taking place in our forums, so be sure to check it out.

  • denisvjcr

    Sorry for being negative but I hate runner games.

    • Josh Dombro

      I don't hate runner games, I just didn't really like Mr. Runner... The graphics were boring and the whole mechanic just didn't feel right to me. They're popular for a reason though - evidently someone (or a lot of someones) likes them

    • eventide

      Glad to see I'm not the only one who's sick of runners.

  • wigzisonfire

    Touch arcade seems like its drifting further and further away from its forum fan base in opinion. Any real gamer cannot possibly accept horrendous money drain oriented IAP games as a real game.

    There is no point. no skill or perfection will ever be necessary to properly succeed in games dominated by IAPs, simply buy success. They defeat the whole point of games.

    So why do touch arcade persist to promote the IAP ridden junk games!? Why not promote the devs that are trying to create real games!

    Anyway, the biggest shame with a lot of the IAP focused games is that they could actually be great if greed and profit was removed from the occasion.

    WHEN THE HELL WILL THEY JUST NAKE GAMES THAT ARE FREE FOR LOSERS THAT WANT IAP, AND A LARGER ONE TIME ENTRY FEE FOR REAL GAMERS THAT WANT TO ENJOY A GAME!!

    • DannyTheElite

      Why are you directing this at mr runner 2?
      You would be better off posting this in the iron man 3 comments

  • eventide

    Sadly iOS is becoming THE platform for in game purchase nonsense. It's sad because it has potential to be a great gaming platform.

    • MidianGTX

      Oh don't worry, other platforms are catching up.