Running with Friends – If You’re Going to Run, Do it with Some Friends [iOS Review]

running_with_friends_iconI’m pretty sure there isn’t an iPhone user around who hasn’t at least played an endless running game in one form or another. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t played Temple Run at least once, which was arguably one of the most popular endless running games out there. Well there’s a new kid on the block called Running with Friends and it’s been burning up the App Store charts. The game is by Zynga and allows you to challenge your friends in an endless running competition.

If you’ve played Temple Run, Running with Friends plays pretty much the same way. Swipe left or right to change lanes or turn, swipe up to jump, and swipe down to slide. Avoid obstacles while running such as cars, running bulls, barricades, and even broken areas on bridges. The game even has the ability to ride a bull.

Graphically, the game looks pretty good. It’s bright. colorful, and I like the art style where everything looks all cute and cuddly. I also really like the city design of Pamplona, Spain as it’s quite varied with lots of obstacles. I’ll say that this game is actually a bit more challenging than Temple Run.

There is an issue with the game I did not like however. I don’t like the fact that there really isn’t a solo mode and the fact that you have to challenge either a friend or a random person in order to play. That means you may end up with a ton of open challenges down the road.

Other than that, Running with Friends is a solid endless running game. The graphics are good, the control scheme is familiar to anyone who has played Temple Run, and it is fun competing against your friends. If you like endless runners, give this a try. It’s free so you have nothing to lose and it does actually have a few really cool gameplay features.

App Store Link: Running with Friends
Version: 1.51
Developer: Zynga
Price: Free
In-App Purchasing: Yes
Compatible Devices: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description

Outrun and outscore your friends as you stay one step ahead of charging bulls on the streets of Pamplona, Spain.

*DODGE charging bulls, speeding cars, flying barrels and more!
*JUMP off ramps and soar above buildings.
*RIDE bucking bulls for bonuses.
*CHALLENGE your friends or run with new ones.
*RUN as a ninja, ballerina, or zombie.
*COMPETE to be on top of the leaderboard.
*EXPLORE cool locations.

[via App Store]

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