Review MATE.. Lite - Endless Twister
An endless runner that feels a lot like a roller coaster ride
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 23 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Offers a unique first-person experience, the game's framerate and performance are great, the controls are tight and responsive
Often times the game relies too heavily on luck, offers no reason to revisit the game after the novelty wears off
Endless runners are going through a bit of a renaissance right now. The first evolution of the genre is what popularized it through games like Temple Run. Now we’re faced with a new type of game that much less a test in endurance and more of a test in reflex and adaption. Mate for Android is one such game that is fast-paced and pretty disorienting.
One of the interesting things about this game is that there is no main character. The entire game is played from a first person perspective, which is actually pretty cool. However, the camera view lends to the disorientation the player might feel as they’re riding the crazy ride that makes up the game’s core mechanic.
Imagine being on a rather tame roller coaster. Now imagine that there are a million semi-solid circles that have random patterns carved out of and you suddenly have to guide your seat through the only safe portion of the circle because that’s exactly what you do in this game. As you’re twisting and turning the track twists and turns as well. Sometimes giving you a full view of what’s to come and sometimes you can only see exactly what’s in front of you.
I love the game’s first person perspective, but hate it at the same time because it makes the game that much harder.
Mate is a great endless runner that offers a unique first-person perspective that I haven’t really experienced in a game like this. It’s fun and fast-paced, but can get downright disorienting at times.