Mars Runner is essentially Cube Runner, but with an awesome theme and visual design that makes the game feel more realistic instead of a random field of cubes. And it’s free! And it’s the first Cube Runner type game on WP7!
Overall Score: 5/5
The controls are simple, you just tilt your phone to steer left and right to avoid the rocks in front of you. Mars Runner adds onto the Cube Runner concept by giving you a time warp feature where you can touch the screen and slow down time. You only have a limited amount of time warp though, so the game is still tough and well balanced throughout the three different difficulty settings. The scoring system also works well, and the game records how long you lasted, which is fun to see. Overall, it replicates Cube Runner perfectly, and adds more to it with the time warp feature.
The game looks great visually and sounds great too, but when you look closer the visuals aren’t as impressive. According to a few marketplace reviews, some people encountered frame rate lag. I only experienced that once when the game was first starting, not a big deal at all. However, all of the rocks in the game are the exact same image of a single rock, which gets repetitive. But otherwise, the visual theme is pretty neat, and the Mars theme makes the gameplay more fun since it seems like this could actually be a reality. And the game has some good music to support it.
Lasting Value: 5/5
The developer of Mars Runner knows how to get the most life possibleÂ out of a simple high score game. In Mars Runner, there areÂ weekly, all-time, and local leaderboards, and you can easily click a button to jump straight to your result in each category, so you can instantly see where you rank. The game also has trophies for completing certain things like playing a certain number of games or lasting a predetermined amount of time on different difficulty settings, which lengthens the lasting value.
Title: Mars Runner
Publisher: Jake Poznanski