Also available on iOS
Super Mario Run is one of Nintendo's early forays into the mobile gaming market, but those of us who use Android-based smartphones were made to wait quite a long time compared to our iOS counterparts. Now that it's finally been released for Android, was it worth the wait? Well...kind of.
Super Mario Run is an auto-running platformer, and that's a sub-genre that I very rarely play; my only other experience with this genre has been Bit.Trip Runner, and that was as much a rhythm game as it was a platformer. That said, I'm not the biggest fan of auto-runners. I LOVE platformers, but the lack of control that comes from the auto-run feature really takes me out of my element, and I find myself not enjoying it nearly as much as traditional platformers. The controls are simple; since Mario runs on his own, you tap the screen to jump. That's about it. If you hold the screen longer when you tap, Mario will jump higher. If you tap the screen while Mario is in the air, he'll do a spin to prolong his time airborne a little bit. If you tap the screen against a wall, he'll do a wall jump. He'll automatically vault over enemies, small obstacles, and short gaps.
The game is fairly well made, and in addition to the 24 levels, you can do a coin rush on those levels. The visuals are pleasing, and the audio is exactly what you'd expect from Mario. While it's fun, it only takes a couple hours tops to get through the levels, making the $10 asking price feel a bit steep. On the one hand, I'm glad that Nintendo went with a one-time-payment method instead of microtransactions, but I feel like, for what you get, $5 would have been a more appropriate price tag.
Honestly, that's about all I have to say about it. It's a good game, but the price is a bit steep given that it doesn't provide an enormous amount of content. I definitely recommend giving it a download, though, as the first three levels are free. If you like what you see, $10 isn't an enormous chunk of change, even if it is a bit steep for this particular game. I'm not personally a fan of it, but it's a good mobile experience.
My Rating - 3 Neps
I'm Mr. Deck
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach history at a high school in central North Carolina; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.