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Spit, jump, and run in an engaging action platformer
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 13 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Responsive controls, various game mechanics, tons of levels
Generic design, uninspiring level design
Loogie the Llama is, well, a llama who is trying to be the next platforming star. In Spit’N’Run for Android, you’ll have to navigate through over 21 levels of treacherous enemies and environments in order to help Loogie reach his goal.
Now, Loogie doesn’t necessarily have to be a he, players can choose to create a female Loogie if they want. But regardless of which avatar they choose, gameplay is always the same. In the beginning of the first level, you’ll find a bunch of different posts stuck in the ground that will pop up a little text box that gives you some hints on how to play the game. I think this is an ingenious way to sneak a tutorial in because it blends in so well with gameplay, but players can easily choose to skip over the tutorial if they want.
As Loogie, you’ll need to master the game’s spitting and jumping mechanics in order to survive. Jumping is really simple: there is a button for it and you can jump on top of enemies to put them to sleep for longer. Spitting also puts enemies to sleep, but for a shorter amount of time. Tapping the spit button will do a quick shot, but you can actually hold it to aim where you want for longer shots.
I enjoy how each level changes while you play it, and most levels tend to look different from each other. The problem is that level design wasn’t really great. I never came up to a spot and had a lot of fun with any of the jumping mechanics. They all felt too similar and too much like things I have seen in other games.
Spit’N’Run is a great platformer for just about anyone, though. The graphics aren’t really appealing, but they aren’t offensive either, and the gameplay mechanics are surprisingly solid for what this is.