Stick Run: Run For Your Life!

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Stick Run: iPhone App Written Review

Stick Run for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, there’s hardly anything we like more than a classic arcade title for the iPhone—well, maybe a cup of tea, but not by much! Either way, we’re proud to introduce you today to one of our new found favorites, Stick Run by developer Thomas Naber. The app shows a mountain of promise, and with a few quick updates and some additional content, it could easily be the app that everyone’s talking about. We’re talking about it down below the break, so without waiting any longer, go check out our full review of Stick Run!

Concept and Gameplay

As stated, the app falls fairly straightly into the category of arcade gaming on the iPhone. So what’s Stick Run’s particular mechanic? Well, it goes something like this: You direct a little stick dude around the level by tilting the iPhone either to the left or to the right. The character moves along, avoiding blocks which fall from the sky in a manner that we’re trying to coin as “sticky physics.” If you happen to get caught underneath one of these blocks, it’s game over. There are no lives yet in Stick Run, though the developers have promised they’re on the way. Otherwise, you’re faced with the simple choice of four unique game modes. Firstly, there’s survival which simply clocks how long you can stay alive. Then, there are three difficulty modes ranging from easy, medium, and finally to hard. We liked the variety, but still, we often found ourselves wanting for something just a bit more. More on that in a second, but for those interested, Stick Run does come with Game Center integration, which is a tremendous boon for real arcade-nuts like ourselves who want leader boards.

Design and Content

Stick Run for iPhone

Stick Run for iPhone

It’s largely in the realm of content where we feel Stick Run needs some hefty improvement. You see, the app does get rather tiresome after only a few play throughs. This is largely because of the fact that, no matter what game mode you’re playing, you’re still playing the same mechanic. What we mean is, you’re still dodging the same blocks with the same control scheme. Now, we liked this mechanic a lot, but after four or five times through the app, we were really hoping for something new. Even just some new falling shapes would go a long way toward evening out the otherwise repetitive nature of the app.

Overall Value

That being said, Stick Run does cost a whopping nothing in the App Store. This means that, though it may have some updates to work on, the app will not cost you a dime to play. This comes as a tremendous advantage, and if you’re simply looking for a new and fun way to kill off a portion of the morning commute, we can hardly think of a better method than using Stick Run.

Stick RunStick Run requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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