Run Fatty Run: Natural Selection, Deadly Gaming

Price: $0.99

Run Fatty Run: iPhone App Written Review

Run Fatty Run for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We really like arcade games. In fact, we might go so far as to say it’s something of a fetish for us. We like anything that has us racing against a clock, which is why we’re absolutely smitten with the snark and concept of Run Fatty Run by developer Disparity Games—you’ll not be racing any timers here, lads, but a tiger instead. That’s one heck of selling point for us, but the app’s humor, graphics, and overall appeal add so much more to boot. If you’re curious, you can slide on down below the break to view our whole review! Starting with:

Concept and Gameplay

The idea behind Run Fatty Run is simple, if somewhat strange—just the way we like it! You live in a world where the government has decided to fix the obesity problem once and for all. It has done this by releasing a tiger onto the streets. You (your character’s name is Bert) play as a fattened man in an unfortunate situation.

To beat the game, you’ll need to run away from the tiger by tapping the far end of the screen. The faster you tap, the faster Bert runs. Each “level” ends with the tiger munching on some less fortunate, porky sod, giving you a chance to take a breather. As you run, you’ll acquire more powerups to use in your escape and you’ll even shed a few pounds. This is really one of the more entertaining portions of the app, as you get to see Bert slowly lose weight throughout. We also liked the obstacle dodging mechanic, as accidentally slamming into a bench can seriously screw up your running-away-from-hungry-tiger tactics. All in all, the concept is fresh and exciting, and the humor that’s included from the get go does a lot to spice up the mix in our eyes.

Graphics and Design

Run Fatty Run for iPhone

Run Fatty Run for iPhone

However, one of the best points about the app is actually its graphics. This looks like a PS2 game, but it’s on your iPhone. We rarely see graphics this good from a smaller developer, which just goes to show that Disparity have really taken their time crafting what Run Fatty Run has to offer. Furthermore, the character design and powerups have been well built to boot, adding a lot of interesting twists to the mix as the game progresses. It can be a bit slow in terms of new additions at times, but overall, we found the pacing pretty good, as well.

Overall Value

It’s quite hard to argue with the value that Run Fatty Run is sporting, too. The app costs only a dollar in the App Store, which makes it an incredible bargain for any fan of arcade gaming on the iPhone. If you like the twisted humor of games like Psychonaut but want a lot of action to go alongside it, Run Fatty Run is a solid recommendation, and a good buy. This one comes The iPhone App Review Gold Certified.

Run Fatty Run for iPhoneRun Fatty Run requires iOS 4.2 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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One Response to “Run Fatty Run: Natural Selection, Deadly Gaming”

  1. Glenn says:

    I had been keeping a watchful eye for it to come out after reading an article on Kotaku about Disparity. I reckon I must have been one of the first couple of purchasers.
    I was well impressed.
    Good effort indeed by a local (sort of – Ipswich is a long way from Noosa.) independent.
    Best of luck to them. By their success all gamers will profit.

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