Dead Runner Review
- Genuinely creepy, dream-like experience.
- Simple tilt-to-move controls.
- Point scoring mode and achievements for replayability.
- Thin on gameplay; gets old quickly.
Dead Runner is a strangely ethereal and creepy game to try, but outside some achievements it's a short nightmare that you'll soon forget.
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I can't really put my finger on it, but Dead Runner by Distinctive Developments gets my spine tingling and it's hard to work out why it's so effective.
Dead Runner's gameplay is (sorry to say it), dead simple. In both of the game's two available modes all you have to do is tilt and avoid solid obstacles blocking your way. In doing this you end up traveling through an endless forest of gnarled trees as you sprint away from the darkness behind you and in to the light beyond.
Simple gameplay aside, the presentation is almost flawless and little touches really add up and give it an ethereal feel. Like platforming based runners, the longer you avoid contact with minor obstacles, the faster you'll run and the smooth tilting just adds to the dream-like qualities of the experience. A point scoring mode is available to play, however this does sacrifice the game's subtle creepiness for the sake of adding some replay value.
Still, this is a gorgeously simple game and while it lacks a lot of value in terms of gameplay it's definitely worth checking out for the vaguely chilling experience of outrunning a nameless void in a nightmarish forest.
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“Dead Runner is a unique take on the endurance run genre, immersing you in the action with a first-person point of view. It’s a somewhat creepy, yet exhilarating, almost Blair Witch like experience.” – Appaddict.net
“Like Blair Witch without the cursing and motion sickness …This is one of those times when I keep pausing from writing just to squeeze in another run. Dead Runner thrives on that “just one more try” compulsion, and features a great list of challenging Achievements.” – ZTGD.com
“I didn’t expect it to be so intense that I haven’t been able to put it down till I beat my highscore – and when I do, I’ll want to beat that.” – Touchaholics.com
You wake up in a dark forest, surrounded by the sounds of the wailing souls trapped in the haunted trees. The howling wind is delivering a chilling message of evil which is drawing closer by the second. The cold whispers of the forgotten souls tell you to run as far as you can, as fast as you can before it’s too late.
You cannot hide or stop for it can see you, find you and take you.
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