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Review WaveRun

Tariq Abdulla
Quality soundtrack, dynamic game play, simple controls
Monotonous game play, too many ads
WaveRun for Android is a fast reaction game that is bound to frustrate more than it entertains. The setup is original. You play a particle of light racing along two interlacing quasi-sinusoidal waves. You can switch between the waves anytime by tapping anywhere. There are red barrier sections along each wave as well as green nuggets that you can collect to boost your points.
WaveRun is a great concept for a game. The problem is, you can only see a such short distance ahead, that you don't have time to figure out which wave you should be on. They crisscross in such a way that it would be difficult to tell anyway, even if the game were quite a bit slower. Worse: the game track is always exactly the same, meaning you inevitably screw up in the same places time and time again.
This ended up making me feel pretty stupid, and mad with myself for switching needlessly in the exact same place, over and over. If you have the reaction speeds of a lynx, the eyes a hawk, and the blind gaming Zen of a Jedi knight; you might just enjoy the challenge. Otherwise, you'll find Waverun exasperating, and likely give up after a handful of tries. If you’re no rainman figure, but don’t give up easily either, I would approach WaveRun with caution. Playing it is unlikely to end well for you!

Final ratings

Gameplay 7/10
Story 5/10
Graphics 10/10
Sound 8/10
Ollie Green
Perfect soundtrack, neat graphics, lots of levels, responsive controls
In-app purchases
WaveRun for Android is a timekiller game with a pretty unique arcade style concept.
In this game you must try to stay alive for as long as possible. You will control a small dot that will be moving at high speeds across two endless lines that zigzag up and down at random intervals. When you are riding on one line, you can tap the screen to quickly switch to the other line. You will need to use the line switch to avoid traps and collect pickups that will reward you with extra points.
Because of the way the lines are drawn out, it's quite difficult to always predict when to move over to the next line, and when traps are placed close together, things become even more challenging. Unlike some other timekillers though, the challenge in this game is approachable and most importantly, enjoyable.
The levels in this game are procedurally generated so they are always slightly different each time you play. This means players can't learn the level layout to perfect the game, and instead must learn to use the line switch mechanic to the best of their ability. There are two types of levels, one of which offers a slightly easier experience, whilst the other is even more challenging. To top off the great gameplay, there is a decent soundtrack and some really interesting stylized graphics.
WaveRun is free to play, but adverts will play regularly between your runs. For a timekiller this game is pretty impressive, and you'll definitely be able to get a lot of fun out of this before you get bored of it. There are in-app purchases, but they are not needed to play the game.

Final ratings

Gameplay 8/10
Story 6/10
Graphics 8/10
Sound 8/10
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