Review Run Jonah Run
Just another day in the life of a snail
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 10 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Great art design, fun gameplay, non-intrusive ads
Gameplay gets more uninteresting the longer you play, no unlocks or rewards
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk a mile in the shoes of a snail? If I had to bed, probably not. It seems like a pretty dangerous proposition. Run Jonah Run for Android exemplifies exactly how dangerous it can be just trying to get from one place to the next.
At its heart the game is an endless crawler where you control Jonah, who is a snail just trying to stay alive and live the good life. Unfortunately for him, there are giants that walk high above him and unknowingly create danger for poor Jonah with every step.
As the player you’ll need to get a good feel for how people walk and place Jonah accordingly. Sometimes that means just keeping pace in a “safe” zone while other times it could mean making mad dashes as you barely avoid death from above.
Once I got into the swing of things I found the game to be pretty tame. Often times I’d put myself in danger simply to see if I could avoid being stepped on. I died more from failed attempts at being a daredevil than I did from legitimate accidents.
The game gives you a shield and you can also collect leaves that will allow you to boost your speed for a very small amount of time. Usually going after leaves meant flirting with death since they always seemed to spawn underneath someone’s foot right as they were going to step on it, resulting in the leaf disappearing.
Run Jonah Run is a pretty timid endless runner, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The art style is minimal and another reason I really enjoyed it. That said, I do wish the game was a bit more difficult.
Explore the challenge of life as a snail
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 14 Apr 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7
Decent graphics, completely free to play
Repetitive gameplay, poor walking animations
Run Jonah Run is a game about the journey of one of the smallest creatures, a snail. Help to guide little Jonah the snail in his slow, yet epic journey as he struggles to avoid the greatest threat of his little journey.
As our protagonist travels at his own pace players must use the controls to crawl back and forth to avoid getting trampled by humans that seem as giants to the tiny creature. By collecting power-ups players are even able to unleash cute little abilities. These power-ups range from eating leaves to summon short bursts of speed to collecting bubbles that offer short time protection from getting squished underfoot. All these elements make for an enjoyable experience, albeit somewhat repetitive.
The minimalistic graphics of this 2D addictive wonder have a tiny speck of sentimental value as they manage to convey a sense of insignificance when compared with the greater creatures. Sadly the game builds a world where the human race walks incredibly stiff. The game’s 2D engine seems like a poor choice when multiple characters are present onscreen as it becomes apparent that men and women walk through each other on their journeys. Still the snail’s animations and the background itself are top quality and when paired with two available environments make the game’s graphics surprisingly pleasing and help to forgive other shortcomings.
Overall Run Jonah Run is bound to offer plenty of amusement, especially to younger audiences, and gives off a brilliantly emotional vibe due to its beautiful graphics. Surely the game could use some improvements in the gameplay department as its repetitive nature tends to bore users rapidly.