Iron Run: Written iPhone Game Review
Ah, the endless running genre. The gaming world’s answer to the question “How far can you go?” From mythical robotic creatures to frightening temples, these games seek to test your reflexes, patience, and endurance.
Concept and Gameplay:
Iron Run is the story of a fight for survival. You’re the last person alive in a city controlled by a corrupted computer, and you must escape in your humanoid robot before the city is destroyed. This is no easy task, though, as you’ll need to avoid obstacles by dodging, jumping, and sliding underneath them. While this might sound a bit easy, things can get hectic pretty quickly.
Your success is measured by the distance you travel before your HP runs out, which is measured in kilometers. Unfortunately there isn’t an option to switch this over to feet or miles, but it’s not that big of a deal. Your robot is controlled by swiping your finger on your phone’s screen. If you want him to jump or slide, swipe up or down. Swiping left and right moves him side to side, and tapping on the screen fires your robot’s weapon.
The only issue I experienced while playing Iron Run was that every time I tried to start a new game I was asked to enter a promo code. Hopefully this will be fixed in a future update because it became fairly irritating after awhile.
Iron Run is a fairly simple and straightforward game to play, so there aren’t too many extra features. There’s a helpful tutorial to guide you through your first level, which teaches you the basics without going into too much detail. Also, there’s Game Center integration and 33 achievements you can earn. Lastly, you can also re-read the game’s background story within the Options menu.
As you play Iron Run, you’ll earn coins that can be spent in the store. You can purchase upgrades such as boosts and new weapons, and even a whole new robot. However, some of the items in the store are pretty expensive (especially robots) and it’ll take awhile to earn enough coins.
You can purchase coin packs to speed up the process if you want, starting at $0.99 for 8,000 coins all the way to 300,000 coins for $19.99. One thing I want to mention is that the best upgrade in the game costs three million coins, which is upwards of $200 worth of coin packs if you choose to buy them.
According to Iron Run’s description on the App Store, the game is free to download for a limited time only. My suggestion is to download the game while it’s still free if you’re interested in playing it, but hopefully the invite bug and fairly outlandish store prices will be fixed in the next update.
Iron Run is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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