Blocky BEAST MODE Football Review: run Marshawn… RUN!

Blocky BEAST MODE Football Review: run Marshawn… RUN!

Sep 11, 2017

It’s football season!

It’s when the naming purists like myself willingly step back and allow the pointy ball folks have the limelight. Stateside, football — not the weather, or tree leaves — mark the beginning of Fall. It’s college rivalries renewed, and professional player suspensions are suspended, and we pay $20 for a hot-dog while watching these tiptop athletes battle in grass-grounded arenas, even while taking part via fantasy leagues.

Like I said, it’s football season.blocky2

And with it, hopefully, comes a lot of content, including mobile adventures. Introducing Blocky BEAST MODE Football.

Now, if you know Marshawn Lynch, the mercurial running back that made a name for himself bulldozing defensive backs for the Seattle Seahawks before retiring at the of of his game, checking out this game, which features his blocky digital likeness, should be fun in and of itself.

If you don’t know Marshawn “Beast Mode” yet (now of the Raiders), running as him might just make you a fan.

As you might have guessed, this one is is presented old-school style, with fun chunky characters and matching blocky scenery. It plays in portrait orientation, such that the action proceeds from the bottom of the screen to the top. The action encourages holding the device with two hands to effect a two thumb control system.

Gameplay-wise, it works just like a three-laned runner. Marshawn is running the football, and he looks to dodge the oncoming defenders and get as far as he can… yep, he looks to gain yards. Running into a defender ends the run, and avoiding them is performed by tapping on either side of the screen; tapping on the left makes Marshawn dart to the left, and same goes for the other side.

As you run, you can collect stars and gems, and these can be used to extend runs and unlock stuff in game. The game incorporates achievements, and one can get more game cash by watching ads. Thus, even though real cash can be used, this system does allow for the game to be fairly cash-free if need be.

It’s a simple game, comes well together, and has Marshawn Lynch. They had us at “Beast Mode.”

Blocky BEAST MODE Football Review: run Marshawn… RUN! Rundown

8
Graphics/Sound - SImply done, with a touch of elegance; cheery, football-y sounds add to the motif.
8
Controls - Dual thumb control feels natural.
7
Gameplay - Familiar gameplay, with a touch of achievements and more.
7
Replay Value - Engaging experience.
7.5
Overall - Fun game that isn't too football-y.

Download: App available at the Google Play Store »

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