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GDC 2014: Ensomniac’s ‘Quest’, a Runner with Great Visuals and ‘Fruit Ninja’ Swiping Elements

You may be familiar with Ensomniac Studios by their iOS game Glint (Free), which was just released to the App Store last week. The one-man studio is here at GDC showing off a new iOS gaming project, tentatively titled Quest. It’s a side-scrolling runner heavily inspired by Temple Run, which is the first game that got Ensomniac’s Ryan Martin interested in mobile gaming in the first place. Check out the hands-on demo.

While runners are a bit of a tough sell on the App Store simply because it’s a genre that’s been done to death, Quest was actually really fun once the game ramped up in speed and complexity. Also, the enemy swiping mechanic feels like a nice addition to the formula. Quest, which may end up with a different name when all is said and done, is schedule for release later this year, so keep an eye out for it.