Blood Run (Universal) by Nob Studio is the latest of numerous entries into the endless runner genre. Luckily, Blood Run is not only different, but in many ways better than most other endless runners currently available in the App Store.
The side-scrolling endless runner requires just two buttons for gameplay – an attack button and a defend button. It sounds simplistic, but with the mix of button combinations needed to defeat the different enemy types, it makes for a variety of maneuvers that aren’t common to other endless running games.
At first, players will be tempted to simply hack and slash through enemies, however the timing of each attack-and-defend combination is what makes Blood Run so unique. Instead of simply mashing the buttons, players tap out combinations – Defend-Attack, Attack-Attack-Attack, etc – just prior to engagement with an enemy, and then watch as each move is carried out in almost real time.
The game is fairly easy to learn – especially as each maneuver is explained in the “training camp” tutorial levels – but extremely hard to master. Players will require a lot of practice to get the timing down to defeat each enemy, particularly as they become clustered more closely together.
The graphics, while fairly simple, look great. The silhouetted style and blood splatter are visually appealing, though the color-changing backgrounds aren’t overly stunning. The sound effects and music are above average – at least good enough to keep players engaged.
There are two modes in the game: the “training camp” tutorial levels, and the endless level. The training camp levels lay out each of the button combinations needed in the game, albiet they’re not entirely intuitive. The developers have already indicated, however, that the next update will include better instructions and an expanded training camp section.
The endless mode is much like any other endless runner – it starts out fairly easy, and gets harder their further the player travels. There are also missions to complete – kill a certain number of a specific enemy, go a certain distance, etc. – along with Game Center leaderboards and a stats page.
As far as endless runners go, Blood Run has definitely done enough to differentiate it from the many other endless runner games, and is definitely worth a long look by anyone that enjoys the genre. For those on the fence, there is also a free version available.