Racing Randy Review

Racing Randy Review

Nov 17, 2014

Racing Randy is a new endless runner featuring a long eared pilot and his doomed attempts to peacefully fly his airplane. Will the fur fly?

Racing Randy lacks any surprises for avid fans of endless runners. Players fly their plane along a course, avoiding hazards along the way. Hazards include electrified barriers, stationary clouds and flying missiles, among others. The sky is inexplicably filled with gold coins just waiting for an enterprising lope eared pilot to snatch them up. These coins can be spent on a small collection of disposable items. Unlike most runners, there are no permanent upgrades or buffs here to work on. Items instead are all one shot deal that destroy incoming hazards or speed up the player’s movement.

Screenshot_2014-11-13-11-16-53The problem with this system is that it is quite boring. The game isn’t all that interesting to begin with. It moves quite slowly and there is nothing in the game mobile gamers haven’t seen done many, many times before. The lack of interesting upgrades or gameplay quirks really hurt Racing Randy’s long term potential as well. This is compared to a game like Jetpack Joyride where there is endless fun in combining items and the fun vehicles. The only vehicle RR has is a very expensive alternate plane. Randy just has little to it.

Racing Randy’s presentation doesn’t do it any favors. Sporting rather plain sprites and little animation to speak of, the game looks very poor even compared to games several years old, such as Jetpack Joyride or even Temple Run. Compared to the visual feast many runners dish up Racing Randy doesn’t provide much to look at.

Screenshot_2014-11-13-11-18-31The sound is poor as well. There are only about two sound effects in the game: one for collecting coins and one for hitting obstacles. The music is very repetitive.

A final nail in Randy’s coffin is that it features a lot of video ads. Whenever a new game begins a 20 second video ad buffers away.

Racing Randy is an uninteresting and poorly presented runner with nasty ads and there are simply far too many better examples of the genre to warrant spending any time playing it.

Cordy Review

Cordy Review

May 16, 2011

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover; I know that it’s not style over substance and I know that beauty is only skin deep. Right now though, I don’t care, because Cordy is one of the most beautiful games I’ve ever had the pleasure to look at.

Taking its cues from LittleBigPlanet, Cordy is a platforming adventure with light puzzle elements. You lead the eponymous hero through a gorgeous 3D world, collecting particles of energy to “power up” the level and open the door through to the next one.

You control Cordy by pushing and tapping the on-screen buttons, solving simple puzzles and leaping from platform to platform as you go. There are four levels included in the game, each split into five sub levels, with more available to purchase through an in-app payment system.

It’s difficult to put into words just how good Cordy looks. If you want an app to show off what your phone can do, then this is it. Everything moves seamlessly, the textures look gorgeous and the character designs are excellent. Cordy just oozes quality and charm. The level design is on par with the visuals as well. Each level is full of cogs to collect, some of which you’re going to miss on your first play through, and a simple star rating system ranks your progress as you complete each part of the world.

If you were being overly critical, you might complain that the jump button is a little too close to the side of the screen and that there’s only one, albeit delightful, song throughout the whole game. You might even baulk at the idea of having to buy extra levels, but in the end these are minor criticisms of, what is, a major achievement.

In terms of polish, Cordy is a Triple-A title through and through. It acts as proof to any naysayers that mobile and casual games can be just as impressive as their console based equivalents. It’s fun, easy to pick up and impossible to put down. Cordy is already a classic, get it whilst it’s hot.