Mos Speedrun Review
- Fun retro style with neat visual touches.
- Two control options to suit your style.
- Records ghosts to fine-tune your runs; can be turned off if you find them distracting.
- Relatively short on content; can take about 1-1.5 hours to finish all but the speedrun trophies.
- Bonus levels not currently working?
It's great to see the magic of platformers digging its claws in to modern gamers and while Mos Speedrun can't compete with the classics it slots in well with the currently dominating genre of skill based platformers.
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The idea of finishing a level as fast as possible in a platformer can be fairly common, with some games even going so far as to reward players for their speed, be it through bonus points, achievements or maybe that elusive third golden star. Mos Speedrun by Physmo turns speedy play in to a core component of its retro-slathered skill based platforming and while you don't have to beat the top times to win, taking on the challenge will require patience and reflexes honed to a sharp point to succeed.
By default players are given a touch interface setup that moves Mos, your colorful bug, based on the side of the screen you tap, while jumps are performed by tapping on the opposite side while moving. At first this may not seem like the optimal setup and indeed players may want to opt for the more traditional two-way virtual d-pad and jump button setup to navigate the many various enemies and environmental hazards in your way, but attempting to reach the preset time-goals requires players to learn efficient, non-stop paths that are emphasized by the default controls. In order to progress and unlock additional stages, players will need to collect trophies associated with four basic achievements - completing a level; collecting all the coins on a level; finding the 'hidden' skull; and beating the speedrun time.
These days it's almost expected that skill based platformers have a retro-esque theme and Mos Speedrun is happy to oblige with its pixel-art world and up-tempo chiptune soundtrack. Additional small touches like adding a faux-scanline effect and using TV snow as a visual transition help to set the mood. Special levels can also be activated by placing special URLs in your iDevices Safari browser, however the one level I was able to find via a QR code on the developer site did not seem to load as intended.
As with all challenging platformers your mileage will vary depending on how far you wish to go to conquer the levels and their additional objectives. Fans of League of Evil, N+ and Super Meat Boy will quickly devour this title whole, but beating those speedruns is a whole different kettle of fish and will keep you coming back for more.
Description“don’t hesitate to give Mos Speedrun a try.” - Touch Arcade (4.5/5)
“pick this one up with confidence.” - slidetoplay.com ( 4/4 MUST HAVE! )
“an instant classic, refuelling our primal gaming needs.” - TouchGen ( 4/5 Editors Choice! )
"it's one of those games you'll find yourself continuously playing." - gamezebo.com
"Fans of tough platformers .. should jump on this deal immediately." - gamepro.com (9/10)
"a compulsive race against yourself" - pocketgamer.co.uk (8/10)
"Mos Speedrun is a must-have title and one of the freshest experiences currently on Apple devices." - Daily Record (4/5)
Jump, dodge and race Mos through 25 glorious stages of fast paced retro platforming action!
With exceptionally clever level design, gorgeous pixellated graphics and solid platform dynamics you'll want to keep playing and playing.
Find secret areas, collect the spooky hidden skulls, grab every coin, and, once you get fast, you can try to beat the speed-run time! There really is something for all skill levels, from casual to hard-core gamers.
There are 12 cool costumes to unlock throughout the game, see if you can find every spooky ghost and you'll get a new costume for each one.
And there's loads more! We have been adding new features regularly ever since we released the game, awesome features like video recording and exporting, game centre scoreboards, lots of achievements, web levels you can download to the game, random twitter taunts, dynamic costumes, and things we can't even remember but were probably awesome!
Oh yeah, the amazing chip tune soundtrack will make you weep pixels!
This is a universal app for iPhone and iPad. Bargain!
RELIVE the golden age of 8 bit graphics and chip tunes!
DIE a lot, and be accompanied through the level by hoards of replay ghosts!
FIND secret online levels on your favourite web sites!
USE the easy to master 2 button control system or classic onscreen d-pad.
BE THE BEST on the game center scoreboards, and rack up achievements!
RECORD your best speedruns and upload them for the world to see!
FIND the secret ghosts to unlock new costumes!
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What's New in Version 2.4This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.
iPhone X Support (thanks to Tom Rolfe for testing!)