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'Buddy & Me' Hits the New Zealand App Store

'Buddy & Me' Hits the New Zealand App Store

September 24th, 2013 11:54 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Platform, Runner, Upcoming Games
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Man, it's great when a Kickstarter leads to an actual product instead of just crushed hopes and dreams. Buddy & Me is a Kickstarter-funded platformer starring a beautifully animated boy and his mysteriously magical flying pal, Buddy. Sure, it is another endless runner, but the mechanics of how the boy interacts with Buddy seems really cool. Check it out:..

'Orborun' Review - The World's Most Fragile Robot

With its auto-forward movement, behind the character viewpoint, and the word 'run' in the title, you'd be forgiven for thinking Orborun [$1.99] is just another endless runner. Oh, it's a runner, or rather a roller, but instead of just throwing various random obstacles at you ad infinitum, this is a stage-based affair with a lot of puzzle elements and devilish obstacles. The result is quite a fun game, but fair warning: it's a pretty stiff challenge...

Endless runners really have to stand out these days in the rather crowded space to make an impact. Thankfully, Retro Runners [Free] does just that with a unique visual style and some smooth gameplay to boot...

It feels like when people are sitting down to plan out a new game these days, a lot of them go for one of two themes: ninjas or zombies. It would be nice to see a new craze take hold, like, I don't know, conquistadors. Or, how about sherpas? Well, it's not going to happen today, so we're just going to have to deal with another ninja game. This time, it's Audio Ninja [$0.99], a side-scrolling rhythm-based runner that's long on charm but perhaps a bit short on gameplay...

Back in June Gameloft launched Despicable Me: Minion Rush [Free] to coincide with the launch of the Despicable Me 2 movie. It was a 3rd-person endless runner that had you playing as one of the adorable yellow Minions through various environments from the movies, collecting bananas for some reason and generally causing the sort of mischief the Minions are known for. Despite being yet another endless runner, we actually quite enjoyed Minion Rush in our review, with the biggest drawbacks being the optional extras in the game costing way too much in premium currency and annoying Facebook integration...

Developer Pik Pok is at it again with another quirky game for the Adult Swim line, and this time in Giant Boulder of Death [Free], you play as a giant rock hell-bent on avenging his dead wife. Yep, it sounds like an Adult Swim Game alright...

Sheep Happens [Free] is a tried and true endless runner. It's pretty much everything you'd expect from the genre, but it more than makes up with a ton of character. Because while it doesn't necessarily eschew the fundamental mechanics of "run and jump," it has enough to warrant more than a few gos...

Freebie Alert: 'Time Surfer' Gets a Huge Update and Goes Free for a Limited Time

Back in January, Bean's Quest [$2.99] developer Kumobius launched Time Surfer [$0.99] in the App Store, and for the first time since then you can now grab the game for free for a limited time. Time Surfer, as per our review, is like "if the '80s exploded all over Tiny Wings" coupled with a very cool rewinding mechanic that allowed you to roll back time and fix whatever mistake it was that caused your run to end. Fantastic pixel art, a killer soundtrack, and a slew of different playable characters, pets, and special items rounded out Time Surfer making it one of the best endless runner games we've seen in a long time...

As you are probably well aware of by now, free-to-play endless runners are one of the most common types of games in the App Store. But whether it’s Punch Quest [Free] or Jetpack Joyride [Free], it tends to be the games that do something deeper with the genre that stand out. ..

With so many endless runners on the market, it's imperative that as a developer, you try everything you can to stick out in the crowd. With top-notch visuals that bring back memories of running through Mirror's Edge's beautiful city, RunBot [Free] attempts to do just that...

'Super Hexagon'-Inspired Runner 'Boson X' Looks Really Rad

I'm not even going to pretend like I understand the fundamentals of a particle collider, so maybe they do have little men jumping around inside them. But, I do know that Boson X looks great. Described as a "rotational runner," it's a runner that stars a tiny man running and jumping around in a particle collider's ever-shifting landscape. With a touch of Super Hexagon's style and a brilliant art direction, too, it definitely seems like a game we should keep our eye on...

Is there a more American game character than Pac-Man? I know it's Japanese, but come on, has there ever been a better metaphor for Fitzgerald's American Dream? The Jay Gatsby of games swallows whole each and every pellet in its path, with no hope of stopping, until the ghosts of one's past offer death's sweet release. Unlike Tetris, a Soviet fantasy about placing blocks in an orderly fashion...

The lub and dub are the two distinct sounds your heart makes every time it beats. Lub vs Dub [Free] takes these two sounds and pits them against each other in an innovative endless runner that proves the overexposed sub-genre can still surprise...

As an old fart who has been gaming since the birth of the home console, I have to admit that my eyes light up when I see a game as gorgeously retro as Kid Tripp [Free]. Once upon a time, 120x80 resolution was considered laughable in the high definition world of systems such as the NES and Commodore 64, an age where more pixels, more colors, more sound channels and more, well more of everything was better. ..

Well here's my pick for weird thing of the day. Imangi's Temple Run 2 [Free], sequel to the seminal behind-the-back runner that spawned an entire ecosystem of similar titles, has just been updated with Usain Bolt as a playable character...

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