Totem Runner Review
- Gorgeous use of silhouetting and color-themes; gives players the ability to identify tricky situations at high-speed.
- Touch or tilt based controls.
- Quickly scaling challenge; gets you right in to the thick of things early on.
- Accelerometer controls act with 'jerky' responses; thankfully alternate controls are available (if difficult to manipulate).
Yes, Totem Runner is yet another auto-runner, but of the kind that is increasingly coming to dominate the scene - with tight level design, unique gameplay, and beautiful visuals, it's easy to jump in and out at your leisure.
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Credit where due, Totem Runner by Yagoda Productions and Chillingo isn't just a beautiful game, it's a beautiful concept too. Despite joining the throng of auto-runners already available, the primarily passive play style, combined with tightly designed stages, make it a refreshing casual distraction.
We're jumping ahead though, so lets get back to basics. You play as a mystic (with distinctly Mayan overtones) who is braving the darkness sweeping the world. By harnessing the power of life itself you can re-grow the forests that have been destroyed, while also transforming in to either a boar, a bird, or a magical dragon to dodge or plow-through the traps and enemies in your path.
Learning how to play is easy enough - tap and hold one side of the screen to summon plants from the soil; tap and hold the generously sized boar, bird, or dragon buttons and you'll morph in to them, granting new skills while removing your ability to summon plants.
The boar acts as a blunt weapon, charging through enemies and obstacles alike; if you risk a boost of speed, you'll earn more points in lieu of summoning plants. The bird is an agile flier that's controlled by tilting forward or backward; there seem to be some sensitivity issues resulting in jerky movement, but generous checkpoint placement means you'll eventually get things right.
Lastly, the dragon can only be summoned once 50 gems are collected - using the transformation will fly you forward at no risk.
The real challenge of Totem Runner is in finding as many opportunities as possible to become human in order to summon plants. This is harder than it seems as many enemies exploit the height of the mystical man, forcing you to have to dodge via boar or bird. Later stages even force the player to combine the transformations one-after-another in order to beat a complex sequence of traps.
If you're not already burned out on auto-runners, Totem Runner has a lot going for it in terms of visual appeal and novel gameplay to make it worth a purchase. However, with control issues and a safe, passive playstyle, it's easy to let this one slide as well.
DescriptionApp Store Best of 2012
Included in the 'Fun Runners' category
When the world is threatened by a malevolent darkness a brave warrior rises, fearless and ready to run into the thick of battle. His confidence is steeled by his mystical ability to transform at-will into noble creatures including a rampaging rhino, capable of spearing enemies on his horn, a mighty eagle that can soar over deadly hazards, and a fearsome dragon able to vanquish all who stand in it's path.
As he runs, the warrior breathes new life into the world and puts new stars in the sky. Knowing when to transform between shapes - man, bird, and beast - is key to success in this action-packed endless runner.
Totem Runner’s unique looks are matched by its compelling gameplay and immersive story. Take up the challenge and become the warrior within.
Transform into beasts, dragons and back to a warrior as you charge through the world defeating evil!
The unique ‘silhouette’ style, haunting music and awesome animation immerses you into the mystical world of Totem Runner.
AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
Run, fly and rampage through five chapters of compelling gameplay.
Become a Sorcerer, the Lord of Stars, or even the Great Shadow by completing in-game challenges.
What's New in Version 1.4Get your running shoes on! Totem Runner has been updated with improved controls, gameplay, and has been optimised for devices with retina displays.
Plus a malevolent new threat to combat!
Thanks for playing!