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Ocean Runner

Posted by Morpheel on January 21, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Guru Morpheel here to talk about Ocean Runner.

If you are already familiar with one of Teyon's previous games called Bird Mania, then you probably can guess how this game plays. It is an endless runner, where you swim across an underwater world accumulating seashells and evading enemies. It's a very simple concept, but most people will find it addictive.

You play as Gilbert the clown fish, who fell in love at first sight with a pink fish he met at a pool party (how do pools work underwater, I don't really know), however she, being rather shallow, cares only about pearls. So you set on your quest to obtain pearls to impress her. As you play the game and complete certain objectives to get some pearls, you'll unlock more of their story. While the story is nothing to write home about, it serves a nice motivation to keep the player interested.

The game itself is rather simple, you move your fish from left to right on the bottom screen, making sure he is safe from harm and collecting all the seashells and power ups that appear. The more you play, the faster and more frantic it gets. As in Bird Mania, you have a number of options to control your character, with the traditional buttons and touchscreen support and the addition of gyro motion controls. They all work well, but the best option is absolutely the touch controls.

In addition to the main game, there are several little things, like missions you can do during game play to get pearls and advance the plot, a shop where you can use your hard earned shells to buy upgrades or even new characters, online scoreboards where you can compare your score with other players worldwide and a nice amount of achievements to complete.

Unfortunately, since the game's enemies and obstacles advance in a downward fashion from top screen to bottom screen, playing on a 2DS makes the game a bit harder than intended: things take a bit of time to move from one screen to the other and on the 2DS the smaller physical gap between the screens makes the game seem out sync. It's also worth mentioning that the graphics are pretty generic, and the music can be pretty unfitting.

All things considered, while it's not exactly a must play or a completely new experience, it is much more complete and entertaining game compared to Bird Mania. A fun time waster with enough content to keep you interested for a good while.

I give it 8 pearls out of 10.

Review copy provided by the publisher.

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