Wednesday, 24 April 2013

I'm In Love With The Modern World

Well, there wasn't much to Road Runner. You play the titular bird trying to escape from the evil Wile E. Coyote while collecting bird seed. You run from right to left across the map trying to keep a good distance away from Mr. Coyote, while not missing any of that tasty seed - if you miss five piles of seed, or you get caught by Wile E. then you lose a life and get sent back a bit along the course. You can run faster than Wile E., so to make up for this he gets various Acme contraptions along the way - a rocket, a spring, a skateboard, etc. etc. This ups the tempo of the game and makes things a bit more frantic, and after a short while his contraption goes wrong in some way and he's delayed for a couple of seconds with a humorous animation. There are also various bits of scenery (boulders, trucks, etc.) that you can use to your advantage to squash Wile E., and pick up some bonus points at the end of the stage. So far, so actually quite fun. The big problem is the course itself - the later levels are full of dead ends that you have to retrace your steps to escape from, essentially meaning you're dead because Wile E. will catch up with you. You do have a jump that you can use to escape his clutches, but there's only so much jumping you can do before you get caught on the scenery and Wile E. nabs you. It essentially means you have to learn the courses in order to get anywhere, and for a 5-minute gamer like me, that's just not going to happen. Onwards!

The next game up on the randometer is...Magebane 2! It's a freeware indie game that I don't really know anything about. Could be interesting. Anyway, I really must get back to UFO first.

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