Dec 17, 2012
Survival Run is an interesting game made by F84 Games. Frankly, at first, I assumed that it was just another Temple Run wanna-be. It also looked similar to the Brave spinoff, what with the crazed bear and green landscape. I do like the gameplay, but I wasn’t sure that even the venerable Bear Grylls could make it more interesting.
What the developer did do was take the concept, and make it hard for it to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. That’s right… Survival Run is Temple Run on steroids.
There. I said it.
The game starts out in a way that will be familiar to Temple Run: Brave vets: Bear running, and angry namesake chasing. The basic controls were, again, fairly familiar. Swipe left or right to turn, down to slide, up to jump. Not swiping quickly enough led to my demise. There were obstacles, gullies and cliffs. Tilting the device let me accumulate coins with my running avatar. Scoring was a function of distance, and the game was pretty much infinite in nature.
And then, the additions. Oh, the additions.
Instead of just running, in this game, there were other backdrops. For example, there was water and base jumping. And even while swimming or gliding, I still had to stay alive by avoiding snapping bears or jutting rock formations. The obstacles made sense in the context of the game, and were deployed very well (were those ELK? That looked like fire!).
The graphics were nice, though I thought the animations were a tad stilted in some scenes. The developer made great use of color, and the nature backgrounds looked good.
As to be expected, there was an in-game shop that accepted coins, both real and virtual. The store was well-stocked with well-though out upgrades and such; I found stuff like coin magnets, jetpacks and even a helicopter for rescue. Since I was able to pick up coins at a decent clip, the upgrades were well within reach even without real life purchases.
Survival Run is a great twist on a classic type of game, and it will have you hooked looking for the next in-game adventure.
Survival Run with Bear Grylls Review Rundown
App available on the Google Play Store »