There have been quite a few endless running games in the App Store recently, and some of them are better than others. FANTASYxRUNNERS is one of those endless runners that’s brilliantly done and incredibly hard to put down.
What’s so great about it? The addition of quite a few RPG elements. In the game, you run forward continually, of course, and on the way, you’re tasked with slaying monsters, collecting treasure, and completing a series of quests.
There are only three controls that you need to know: a tap on the right side of the screen fires (a spell or arrow) or swings a sword and the button on the left is for jumping. A double tap on the jump button will let you jump twice as high.
As you run forward, there are monsters to slay with a weapon or by jumping on their heads, plus obstacles to avoid. You’ll also need to continually jump over gaps. Slain monsters drop crystals, which are the currency for the game.
Crystals are used to unlock new characters, each of which has a different ability. For example, the fighter uses a sword, the hunter uses a crossbow, and the summoner fires random objects. In total, there are nine different heroes.
The goal in the game is to complete each quest that you are given, which are often to do a certain number of jumps or to kill a specified number of monsters. There are five different stages, which rotate, and a slew of monsters. The secondary goal is to get as far as possible while gathering as many crystals as you can.
As the game progresses, your character runs faster and faster, making it much harder to keep up with obstacle avoidance and enemy destruction. Every 1000m, the level changes. This is what really makes the game a lot of fun – it’s fast-paced and will have you tapping frantically to keep up. At no point, however, is the game too hard or frustrating in the least.
When running, if you pick up a large red crystal and have several characters unlocked, you’ll get another hero added to the main character that you started out with. This character will be with you until it dies, which is a fun way of working extra lives into the game.
There are, of course, leaderboards, plus achievements that correspond with each of the quests you are given to complete. The graphics are high-quality, and look fantastic, plus gameplay is seamless and smooth.
All in all, FANTASYxRUNNERs is one of the best endless runners out there, and well worth the download.
What I liked: I’ve played a lot of the endless running games and this is one of my favorites. I love the variety of characters to play, because they all make the game slightly different.
What I didn’t like: The game’s objectives make the game feel a bit short, because there’s not much to do once you complete them all besides the mindless slaying of monsters. I’m hoping for future updates for this game, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the developers add. I will warn that while this worked perfectly on my iPad 2 and iPhone 4, reviews indicate that it’s a bit laggy on older devices.
To buy or not to buy: This game isn’t perfect, but if you like casual games that you can pick up and play anytime, FANTASYxRUNNERS is a great choice. Plus, it’s only $0.99. Can’t beat that.
- App Name: FANTASYxRUNNERS
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: moonrabbit
- Price: $0.99