Jul 13, 2015
TMNT: ROOFTOP RUN brings us our favorite mutant amphibians… running. At the risk of name-dropping, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is worth having a look at in almost any form.
After picking a particular turtle to unlock, one gets to start the game; it starts off as a sidescrolling platformer. The selected character runs from right or left, and, as to be expected, there are a lot of obstacles to overcome. A major one is makes sense, based on the location of this initial challenge (rooftops); there are gaps in the running area, and to navigate these, one has to tap to invoke a jump, while double-tapping creates a double jumping move that helps with greater height and distance.
There are other baddies; dark clothed characters intend upon doing our runner bodily harm. Tapping on them attacks them. The biggest enemy — which is recurrent through the game — is the Kraang ship, which hovers in the background just over our runner. This ship opens up a new element, in that if the runner loses energy (running into obstacles, etc) it reaches him, and beams him up, effectively ending the run.
Making it to the end allows th player to get to vehicle mode. This is an interesting twist, as this changes the platformer to a three-lane runner for a spell. Here, the platforming protagonist hops into a a car and looks to avoid obstacles by swiping, while collecting the same energy orbs and keeping ahead of the Kraang ship. Basically, if one is able to run far enough, he/she is able to go back and forth between th two runnng senarios, with boss challenges thrown in for good measure. It comes together relatively well, using two play elements to counter and balance each other, and hopefully, this staves off boredom. For an action game, it’s a decent entry; the addition of combat and boss challenges also add to its allure.
But, ah, the elements are here are well done, and quite familiar.
In the end, it’s worth a look-see, if only for the great characters and the groovy graphics. For folks looking for a quick rush, it holds its own.