In 1991, SEGA introduced the world to Sonic, a furry blue hedgehog with an addiction to speed (and not just the drug variety). The world was blown away by the concept of a speedy platformer, and SEGA overwhelmingly beat out Nintendo during the fiscal year of the game's release. By 2009, however, Sonic had run clear off of everyone's radar. His games had become boring and gimicky, and it seemed speedy platformers were forever dead. No one could have predicted what would happen that Fall, though. One little star offered a glimmer of hope for the starving genre, and on the 1st of October, Runman: Race Around the World dashed into the scene to revive this dying breed of games. And, with the collaborative efforts of Matt Thorson and Tom Sennett, it truly became a wonderful piece of electronic entertainment.
|This game teaches you some valuable life lessons.|
|Even the timer has a mouth in Runman.|
|Well, that tree certainly doesn't look happy.|
|Looks like victory ain't gonna come easy for this runner.|
Overall, Runman a wonderful game with some great level design, tight controls, and creative aesthetics. My one gripe with the game would be the erratic spikes in difficulty, but all in all, I think that can be looked past, as this truly is a fantastic free game. You'd be a fool not to pick this one up, especially when it won't even cost you a dime, but I'd highly recommend you throw some money Matt and Tom's way. Sonic better watch himself, because there's a new runner in town, and his name is Runman. Godspeed, little yellow star. Godspeed.