In Indie Game HQ’s latest review, Nathan takes a look at Super Grid Run by Ryan Carson of Refresh Creations Ltd. Super Grid Run was originally created for the Ludum Dare October Game Jam, but wasn’t finished in time. Ryan decided to continue development anyway to a point of completion and released it for Android, iOS, PC, and Mac. Super Grid Run has a demo, but the full version will cost you right around $1 on all platforms. As always, all the needed links will be at the end of the review.
GAME NAME: Super Grid Run
DEVELOPER(S): Refresh Creations
PUBLISHER(S): Refresh Creations
PLATFORM(S): Android, PC, Mac, iOS
GENRE(S): Action, Arcade, Runner
RELEASE DATE(S): Jan. 31, 2013
We would like to thank Refresh Creations for giving us the opportunity to review their latest title. For more, please check out Super Grid Run’s website.
Super Grid Run is a fast-paced, simple to pick-up but hard to put down, multi-platform retro action game where you must avoid everything coming at you for as long as you can whilst the speed relentlessly increases testing your twitch-gaming skill to the limit!
- 3 Difficulty Levels Ranging from Easy to Extra Hard!
- Fast-paced Simple Action Gameplay
- Global Cross-platform High Scores
- Amazing Chiptune Music from the talented Gary Lee! – http://www.sycamoredrive.co.uk
Upon first opening Super Grid Run, you’re presented with a standard main menu complete with upbeat chiptune background music. From the main menu you can change the difficulty, check out the high scores, look at the credits, and open the settings menu. Under the settings menu you’re able to lower the in-game volume, rate Super Grid Run, and share the game across your social networks. Super Grid Run also supports 8 different languages including English, French, Italian, German, Swedish, and a few more.
Your main objective is to last as long as possible while collecting bonuses that increase your score and dodging obstacles to keep the streak alive. Sure, those bonuses can be very tempting, but sometimes attempting to go after them could end up with you being rushed and accidentally hitting a wall. Increasing the difficulty only makes those situations more hectic.
There are 3 different difficulties to choose from, Easy, Normal, and Extra. The most noticeable change between the three are the speed that your block flies toward obstacles.
Super Grid Run features a great array of electronic Chiptune music created by Garry Lee. All of the music is upbeat and fast-paced which only adds to the twitch-gaming finger tapping fun.
The only sound effects I noticed were the blips made when picking up bonuses. These are also well done and blend well with the overall gameplay.
The eye candy in Super Grid Run has a very wire-frame look about it and everything is very colorful and vibrant. The aesthetics may be simple-looking but are very easy on the eyes.
Considering all the effects, the quick movement, and particles, Super Grid Run runs very smoothly even on my older device.
Down to the Nitty Gritty
Overall, Super Grid Run is a lot of fun packed onto a mobile device. There may not be a lot of replay value, but it’s nice to try for high scores on a global leaderboard. Extra Mode is definitely a challenge if you’re looking for one, but in my opinion it’s a bit too hard.
The graphics and audio are great, and fit well with the gameplay. The music is absolutely catchy and definitely adds to the overall experience.
In the end, Super Grid Run is available on a number of different platforms and will cost you around $1. That price is very fair from my stand point and I’d recommend snagging a copy whenever you’ve got an extra buck.
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