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Nosferatu – Run from the Sun review (iOS / Universal)

March 1, 2012

“I don’t care how big your teeth are
or even if you keep them in a sweet jar”

10 word description: Endless runner with cartoon vampire theme. Upgrades, Achievements, Game Center.

Nosferatu, or Nos to his close friends, here seen taking a moonlit jog along the roof tops

10 word review: Addictive and rather eccentric. Visual humour and fairly gentle difficulty.

There's the sun. You want to be seeing him as infrequently as possible

You will like this if you enjoy: Endless runners with an emphasis on fun.

He really likes those tall girls

The good news: Very playable, definitely keeps you coming back for more. Amusing graphics – rather bizarre player character and some nice parallax scrolling. Appropriate music and decent sound effects. Objectives and upgrades add to the replayability. The way his ears flap as he runs. Seriously, that’s just perfect.

Nos does a few quick pull-ups before racing past Captain Birdseye

The bad news: If you’re obsessed with Game Center high score competition, you may be slightly miffed that the score-boosting power-ups can be obtained via IAPs by anyone willing to spend a bit more real money on the game. I’m personally not that bothered, as I enjoy the game enough to want to keep running and running, earning the coins and upgrades the old fashioned way – by playing the game.

Arcadelife verdict: I’ve already spent a lot of time and had a lot of fun on a couple of pre-release builds and I’m still excited about the proper release of this game on the app store. I won’t avoid mentioning the fact that I’ve had a small amount of involvement with the game (just the name, if you’re interested) but I’ve kept the review and ratings as honest as I can.

No, no, no... That's just too sad

Although it doesn’t add any stunningly original feature to the endless runner genre, it’s a very fun game with great cartoon characters and colourful parallax scrolling environments. Once you figure out that you don’t have to be on solid ground in order to jump, the larger gaps become much easier to negotiate. I like the way Nos manages to pull himself up if you fall slightly short of a perfect landing – there are even achievements for doing this a lot. The downside is that your speed drops immediately following a near miss, but recovering from that is all part of the fun.

Level intermissions take the form of Bat Mode, where you can fly for a short distance collecting large amounts of coins

Overall, if you’re a fan of endless runners, there’s plenty to like about this one and nothing significant that I can think of to put you off getting it.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 8/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 84/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Smuttlewerk Interactive website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 5.0.1)
iPad (OS 5.0.1)
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