Fallback Friday: Fun Run Review…Mario Kart in the palm of your hands…

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Fallback Friday, where we review some retro classics!

Are you the competitive type that loves to rub everything in because you “know” you’re the best? Are you the quiet one that likes to sit alone and observe? Well it doesn’t what personality type you are!  Fun Run will make the gamer in you come out to compete. Anyone and everyone will enjoy this game!

I think that there are several gamers out there that would love to see Nintendo port a game like “Mario Kart” to an IOS device but unfortunately I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon, especially since it would need to compete against the 3DS, but maybe for now this game will tide us gamers over……Now don’t get me wrong; this is in no way able to compete to what Mario Kart is, we are just saying that there are some similarities between the two. The main similarities? The fact that you are in a race competing against your friends, and trying to blow them up at the same time.

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For some reason or another you begin off as a fox, we haven’t really seen any story line, nor do we think one is needed.  In fact, the only game mode available is with other people be warned (multiplayer randoms, or with your friends!), you need some sort of internet connection and we think in some cases that wifi is better.

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Anyways, you start off as furry little creatures and the goal, to get to the finish line no matter the costs. There will be things like obstacles and mountains to climb, but the main fun is when it comes to playing with friends. As you gather items throughout the race, you can grab things such as a saw blade, or lightening to decimate your enemy. Fun Run tries to add humorous gore animations, such as your sprite being sawed in half, or your head flying off, thanks to that annoying samurai sword so beware if you’re a parent. (I wouldn’t want my 5 year old playing, though the graphics are really corny) Another great aspect of the game is the money system. You win money by winning races, then you spend the money you earn on things  like new animals, (dont worry to our knowledge they all run at the same speed) hats, streaks ect. It was a great way to keep me plugged in. On top of that there is a rating system, based on how good you are (or not so much) you can earn rating points, to brag about with all of your friends.

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**Pure Genius** (4.3)

I have played this game so many times, and it has brought me many memorable moments, especially when I was with friends. There are IAP’s but only to add on more coinage, and it doesn’t hinder your play time at all. (Plus you earn coins every time you run so it’s strictly for the impatient) Don’t buy this game for graphics or sound, because the both will surely disappoint, instead pick this game up for a thrilling good time.

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Smash Bandits Review….(kind of a wreck)

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I am pedal to the metal for games that are innovative, creative, and new….no doubt about it. Smash Bandits seems like it has all the makings for something like that, something new, fun and exciting, yet if falls flat. I think there are many mobile gamers are out there  hungry for something that involves the same mechanics and gameplay as Burnout or Twisted Metal (Man do I miss those games) but this isn’t it. Smash Bandit is a game in which you are tasked with staying away from the cops, and causing as much mayhem as possible. While hightailing it from the popo the environment destructible and it is your job to destroy as many things as possible and the larger the object you destroy the higher your TV ratings go, thats right TV ratings. You are being filmed by a sky copter and you have to keep the audience’s attention or else they will get bored and watch the 50th rerun of Everybody Love Raymond.  In the game you are given a vehicle, you can buy different vehicles (there isnt a huge selection), upgrade the vehicle and buy power-ups. (Some cost real money, which is a bummer) Smash Bandits does try and add a cool flare to the game by adding the A-Team van and even add a mini storyline (ish) to the game.

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The real issue I have with the game is the fact that you have to play vertically the whole time. (gives the game some sort of cheap feeling to me)  To add to the strange positioning of the phone, the whole control system seems gimmicky. You have to hold the accelerate button down then swipe my finger in the direction I want my car to go, it just doesn’t make hitting objects fun or easy. (You hit many objects in the game, just not the ones you want) The game seems shallow and I didnt really want to play it more than 10 mins, but if you are a completionist there is plenty of things to do.

"I pity the" people that play this game

“I pity the” people that play this game

**Average**-(2.7) 

Mediocre graphics, Sketch Controls, Shallow Gameplay, and IAP’s hamper what could have been a really fun game idea. While there is some fun to be had for some of you, i feel that most should not waste the space on Smash Bandits.

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