Speedrunning fans should find some appeal, but if you’re not all about perfecting your runs this may struggle to go the distance
When people begin to talk about endless runners, it’s inevitable that visions of mobile games of various types come to mind since the genre really began there in earnest. Thankfully, there have been some efforts focused on adapting that sort of play onto consoles and evolving it just enough that their existence feels at least a bit justified. Rooftop Renegade actually does this quite well, throwing in multiple tracks you can follow, a variety of powers you’ll acquire as you complete levels to help you become more versatile, and then often pressure from people attacking you, trying to slow you down. It comes together to make for a pretty hectic time, and there will certainly be times where through bad timing or planning you’ll find you’ve come up short. The great news is that starting over again doesn’t take long at all, and with any given run taking a relatively short amount of time (depending on how effective you are) the game plays very well in short and pretty engaging bursts. While the style of play may not have an incredibly broad appeal, to Rooftop Renegade’s credit it appears to be hitting the ground with a determination to at least make the most of the opportunity, which I can respect.
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