Miniclip is well known for their massive library of addictive browser games, featuring the same kind of casual gameplay popular in the App Store. Their latest mobile port, Sketchman (also available in HD for iPad), is an action-packed endless runner starring the iOS stick figure equivalent of Rambo, full of explosions and deadly obstacles.
Sketchman doesn’t have much of a story, but in an endless runner, there’s really only one important fact: staying alive is good – and by the same token, dying is bad. Doing so won’t be easy, with red-colored obstacles like exploding mines, spiked platforms, and spinning bandsaws trying to take down the paper-thin protagonist players control.
It’s actually quite difficult, a step up from its more casual-focused counterparts in the genre. It’s still accessible, utilizing an easy to grasp two button system for players to control jumping, gliding, and shooting weapons – not to mention take out the enemy stick figures who are also on a mission to take out the blue-skinned hero.
Like most endless runners, Sketchman features an extensive collection of purchasable upgrades, including six increasingly powerful weapons players can unlock. It would be nice to see some more customizable items to open, as well as some other areas with more colorful, detailed color scheme than the clean-but-simplistic doodle visuals of Sketchman.
At times, Sketchman feels like it could be a little more of a rounded experience, but there’s still plenty of gameplay to be had working the way up the leaderboard and unlocking all of the game’s upgrades. A great addition to the iDevice of endless runner fans, especially those looking for something a little more fast-paced and challenging than the everyday fare.