Vampire Run: Written iPhone App Review
It seems to us that there’s a genre of iPhone gaming that’s been lacking in new entries as of late. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we’re talking about that all important and most coveted field of the endless runner. You know the type: Lots of jumping and dodging to gain rewards and a true arcade style of gameplay. Thankfully, we’ve finally got a new title to share with you today, and it’s called Vampire Run. It’s a phenomenal break out, and if you’re looking for a new app to while away the hours with, we can hardly recommend any other competitor over this little gem. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Gameplay
If you’re not familiar with the concept of an endless runner, let us fill you in while also giving you the story behind Vampire Run. In essence, you awaken hungry for blood, and must now stalk the village streets for commoner blood. Largely, this consists of running in a 2D fashion from left to right while the environment whips past. As you go, you’ll need to jump (or optionally transform into your bat alter-ego) to avoid vampire hunters, nasty objects, and other such bothersome foe that will stop you cold.
What’s the point? Well, if you do it right, you can snack on a few of the villagers, lap up a ton of blood tokens (think currency, here) and even rare blood diamonds. Doing so allows you to play as additional members of the Vampire Run family, and will—of course—boost your high score. And at the end of the day, that’s really what we’re after here with Vampire Run: A good, old-fashioned arcade style running game that will dangle a fat high score over our heads. Thankfully, the game delivers in spades!
Graphics and Design
We have to admit, we weren’t sold on the graphics Vampire Run is sporting at first blush. We found it a bit bland, but over time, we found it slowly wore us down. Sure enough, the more we played within the world created by Vampire Run, the more we liked the simplicity. Is it the best looking game on the iPhone? Hardly! But at the end of the day, this barely matters, as the world presented here is wonderfully engaging, easy to get an hold on, and the controls are superb. All of which adds up to some solid design.
At the end of the day, you can hardly complain with the price, either. After all, Vampire Run won’t cost you a single pence in the iTunes App Store. If you’d like to purchase some in-game items, you can—but this is hardly necessary. All in all, this makes Vampire Run a wonderful bargain, bloody fun game to play, and a real potential for your next app addiction.
Vampire Run requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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