Turbo Kids: Fast paced 2D runner game packaged in cute graphics
Ever since Canabalt thrilled us back in 2009 with its super fast gameplay, simple but slick visuals and equally fitting techno audio, the genre of running or runner games has put its mark on the casual gaming world. Over the last couple of years many runner games have been released with its own twist on the genre and Turbo Kids is no exception. Does the latest offering from DroidHen offer anything new to this ageing gameplay formula? Read on to find out.
To simply answer the question, yes Turbo Kids does, and here’s why. All other runner games are based off endless levels where the aim of the game is to run as far as possible navigating your way to avoid the randomly generated pits and enemies. Turbo Kids offers a slightly different challenge in that each level are races where you have to be the first to run to end of the level. To assist you, you have various weapons at your disposal from ice flakes that freeze the unfortunate victims for several seconds to position changing balls where you and your victim instantly swap places.
These wacky power ups and items reminiscent of the Mario Kart series adds a lot of excitement and chaos to the races as you can go from leading the race to the back of the pack in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately once you lose the lead, catching up to the front is a much harder task, so much so that it’s often useless unless you can put in a perfect performance. The high difficulty may be slightly off putting for gamers wanting 3 stars across the board but finishing anywhere above 5th place allows you to progress to the next level.
The stars that you gain from passing levels allows you to unlock additional abilities for your player. For instance you can use the stars to gain a moonwalk ability that lets you run in the air as well as break free from the frozen state of ice flakes, a very handy ability given the number ice flakes that fly around each of levels. In addition to the stars, there is gold coin currency that allows you to upgrade the base attributes of your player like your base run speed and the time that you are frozen for. The level up system provides a nice way to keep your interest however the upgrades get expensive quite quickly at which point you’re faced with a choice of grinding to earn more stars and coins or to part with your cash to buy extra currency.
Turbo Kids’ presentation is good, the cute and smooth graphics with complimenting color palette is pleasing to the eyes. The sound track is also solid and suits the theme of the game nicely. Fans of the cute cartoon style will definitely appreciate this.
Verdict: 3.5/5 Turbo Kids offers something new to the runner game genre. The fast and chaotic gameplay is entertaining however the lack of variety soon catches up and the levels become quite repetitive. With 60 levels in total as well as the challenging nature of the game, only die hard fans would stick it out till the end.
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