One Epic Game, a mission-based endless runner developed by Grip Digital and published by Chillingo, is now available from the app store. Featuring a look and style very much like Halfbrick’s Monster Dash, One Epic Game simply doesn’t have the character and excitement of its predecessor.
One Epic Game Pros:
- Detailed graphical presentation with varied environments
- Adrenaline-fueled soundtrack
- Simple jump and shoot control scheme
- Mission-based campaign with endless runner gameplay
- GameCenter and Crystal integration for global leaderboards and achievements
One Epic Game Cons:
- Too similar to other app store offerings
- Attempts at humor don’t hit the mark
- Not universal and no iPad-specific version
One Epic Game offers many of the same gameplay elements as the Barry Steakfries classic, with multi-leveled platforms, random enemies, varied weapon drops, and the like. Whereas Monster Dash was simply an exercise in longevity, One Epic Game breaks its campaign into a series of objectives, such as running a certain distance, surviving with only a single heart, surpassing a point threshold, and more. Interspersed with the game bits are cut scenes that attempt to ram humor down our throats in a fairly obnoxious and not-all-that-funny way. It’s a nice effort to add some charm, but it simply falls flat. The placement of platforms is randomized, keeping things fresh each time you play. Crumbling, falling platform sections present a serious hazard, as do enemies and obstacles along your path. Each time you contact one, you lose a heart. Lose them all and you’re done. A handful of power-ups appear randomly along your way, swapping out weapons, giving point bonuses, and even providing you with a jetpack from time to time. It’s hard to shake the feeling that we’ve played this game before.
Graphically, One Epic Game has a distinctive and detailed look, utilizing artwork that bears a resemblance to Pro Zombie Soccer. There are multiple environments in which to run, and some of the obstacles have a tendency to blend with the surroundings, making them difficult to recognize and avoid. The soundtrack is heavy and adrenaline-fueled, matching the action but not quite meshing with the art design. Controls are laid out like Monster Dash, too, giving you a single button to jump and another to fire. Holding the jump button will execute a longer, higher leap, while a quick tap causes a short hop. The jetpack is also controlled via the jump button.
Replay value is ok, though we preferred the inspiration to this offering. A free run mode that plays like Monster Dash is also available, and a large number of challenges are available for the gamer to attempt. GameCenter and Crystal integration bring leaderboards and achievements into the mix. At $0.99, One Epic Game is a well-worn 3.5-Dimple challenge.
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