Jul 21, 2014
If you haven’t checked out the aerial runner Nuts!, well… you get the gist.
A tree that makes legendary Hyperion seem stunted is our running path in this one. Our squirrel starts off at a running clip up the tree; it’s pertinent to note that there are coins and other goodies that are spread out around, and one of the goals is to collect as many of these coins and goodies as possible; this is facilitated by the controls, which are tilt-based in nature. Using the controls, it is possible to run around the tree and collect as many pieces as possible with the squirrel, which moves up continuously once a run is initiated.
Or, it should be noted, it runs up continuously unless it comes in contact with an obstacle; as it’s a tree, there are plenty of branches that can be a bit dangerous to our swift, upwardly mobile rodent. The branches start to appear after a bit, and their placement increases the challenge the higher up the player travels, so quick reactions become key to survival. To begin, the squirrel can survive two hits; the third knocks it down and ends the run.
Outside game cash, there are other things that can be collected. There are power-ups, such as a speedy fireball, that, when collected, gives the squirrel super speed and branch invincibility for a limited time. The game coins can also be used for a bunch of different upgrades, like extra life, which allows for the squirrel to survive more than the standard three hit before the run ends. There’s also extra value coins, and more. These upgrades are staggered an increase with each higher level. Real cash can be used to expedite upgrades.
The game also incorporates in-run achievements, giving the player an extra element to work on while running. These tasks run the gamut, from doing hings like traveling a particular distance or collecting a special piece a set number of times. There are also leaderboards for those that connect with Google Games.
The game’s greatest attribute is that it just works. It’s as intuitive as the come, with simple extras that don’t complicate or distract from the main gameplay.
And it’s almost never, ever wrong to root for the squirrel.