Casual Corner: Runbot

We know how it is. You worked hard for your 10:1 KDR, but sometimes, you just want to take five, relax, and enjoy a quick game on your phone. Unfortunately, finding good games is anything but quick – most mobile gems end up buried under a mountain of trash. But like we said, we know how it is, so every month we shine a spotlight on a great diversion to get you through the work week.

Endless runners on the app market are a dime a dozen. The genre is completely saturated so any and all differences between your game and the previous flavor of the month is extremely important. Runbot features quite possibly the least creative name of all time, but enough creativity within the game to make it worth your time.

The premise of RunBot is that you are a war machine that’s rejected your programming. Instead of being used,  you’ve decided to make a mad dash for freedom by whatever means necessary. In order to do so you’ll need to pick up batteries, ram through walls, fly and destroy drones.

If you’ve played one endless runner you’ve practically played them all. When it comes to avoiding obstacles, simple swiping gestures get the job done. There’s the usual jump over, slide under, and strafe mechanics at play here. When it comes to flying — or more appropriately falling with style — you’ll need to tilt you phone to avoid whatever is in your way. Occasionally drones will pop up on the screen and you’ll need to tap them to destroy them. In order to accomplish any of this, though, you’ll need to be collecting batteries along your route.

If you don’t collect these batteries, your robot will run out of energy and not be able to complete any of the above maneuvers. You’ll simply run into obstacle after obstacle until you eventually lose. Runs can also be set to one of two difficulties. The first being casual and the latter being Hardcore. The difference is what you’d expect, tighter obstacles, harder hitting drones and things speed up a lot quicker.

Besides allowing you to run forever batteries also serve as the game’s currency. You’ll use these batteries to purchase upgrades for your robot like taking less damage or a lower cool down on your shield. In the same area are the microtransactions and there are only three. You can double the worth of a battery forever, double the experience points earned forever and you can instantly level up your character to level 100. If you’re not looking to get your robot any sweet upgrades, you can also spend your hard earned batteries on aesthetic additions.

Graphically RunBot looks good. It’s completely 3D and the environment, obstacles and batteries all stick out well. This is probably the best part of RunBot. Runners all basically play the same and RunBot isn’t any different. The 3D environments and parkour animations make RunBot bring about some Mirror’s Edge nostalgia.

Sadly, RunBot isn’t the definitive endless runner. While it’s good if you’re still playing Temple Run, it probably won’t take its place. It is, however, a fun game to pass the time in-between whatever it is you’re doing. That coupled with the fact that its free make it worth a look. Download RunBot for Android here and iOS here.