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RUN: The World In-Between

Publisher: Plug In Digital

  • Price: $9.99
  • Release Date: Apr 14, 2022
  • Number of Players: 1
  • Last on Sale: Apr 13, 2024 [$5.49]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $5.49
  • ESRB Rating: T [Teen]
  • If you’re a fan of challenging platformers this generation has been a particularly good one thanks to games coming from the indie space. Whether the revered challenges of Celeste or the likes of more brutal fare like Super Meat Boy the Switch has plenty of solid options. That said, I’m not sure there’s anything to date that feels quite like RUN, and while its design choices may not satisfy everyone it makes for a nice change of pace within the space. The most critical distinction between RUN and its peers is the length of the stages and the general pacing. While not all of its competitors have terribly lengthy stages to survive, they’re all generally quite a bit longer than what you’ll face in RUN. The advantage here is that it’s very easy to pick up and then put down again, knocking out a few stages while you’re on a short break, and also reducing some of the frustrations that hit when you’ve cleared a particularly troublesome spot and then subsequently die before you can get to the end. Helping to make these short-but-sweet stages from being too easy, the other trick up its sleeve is that each level is dynamically generated, though it’s more a matter of mixing and matching a collection of pre-made sections than reinventing the wheel each time. This balance of keeping things quick but never really letting you essentially practice your way to success repeatedly gives it a different sort of feel and while it may lack in the deeper satisfaction that can come from its peers it’s still worth a look for platforming fans.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.9]

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