Jul 7, 2015
Meek Mill… in a simply-themed Android game as himself? Sign us up to check out Meek Mill Presents Bike Life.
The game looks and plays like most three-lane runners: it is presented in portrait orientation, and the playing area has, well, three lanes. The basic, familiar idea is to avoid any obstacles that appear while traveling up-road using intuitive controls: swiping left or right to go in either of those directions, swiping up to jump, and double swiping up to jump higher. There are coins and other collectible powerups that line the travel ways, and one finds the expected opportunity costs of collecting such built in to the gameplay. Yes, it shouldn’t feel too hard to feel right at home with this post-Temple Run. The scenery is cheery, with whimsical characterizations and relatively smooth animations, and the outer trappings are pretty easy to appreciate.
The specifics are what make this game somewhat unique. First, our protagonist, no less than Meek Mill himself decked out in jewels, rocks a four-wheeler as his means of travel — mostly. Even more unique is the type of obstacles; in this game, the setting is decidedly urban, and MM looks to be going in the wrong direction on the city streets. There are a lot of stationary obstacles to jump over and swerve around, but there are also cars and trucks bearing down on the player.
What this does is to create an interesting experience. Jumping over moving objects that are decreasing the space as the action is going introduces a whole new wrinkle that requires a more precise degree of timing. As one travels further, it gets harder to avoid jumping over potentially run-ending obstacles, and a deftness of finger and eye coordination becomes key.
Success is measured in distance traveled and coins/gems collected. Coins can be used to upgrade power-ups and such, as well as to open up new characters. Real cash can be used, but isn’t needed.
It feels familiar, but that attribute cuts both ways, as some folks might feel it touches on that that has already been seen, and seen a lot. Still, being a freemium title helps… what’s the harm in trying?
The player himself/herself ultimately decides.