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When first looking at Floating Runner, you will immediately notice that this is not your average run-of-the-mill game. Somewhat reminiscent of Jumping Flash, Floating Runner definitely has a "Japanese" feel to it due to the look of the levels, enemies and characters. Every part of the game, from the enemies to the trees, is made of polygons. Floating Runner is comparable to Jumping Flash, in many aspects. FR features a true 3-D environment rendered on the fly.
Also similar are the levels, which are chock-full of many odd enemies and obstacles--from small erupting volcanoes to attacking tree trunks.
Floating Runner plays exactly how it looks: smooth and sharp. Once you get used to the depth perception and the many buttons, you are on easy street. The control is perfect for a game of this nature--they're quick, sharp and responsive, which is a definite necessity for FR.
Much of the game requires you to rely on your jumping abilities to stay alive, whether it's jumping from platform to platform, dodging boulders or just racing the clock. Missing a jump could cost you your life, or even worse, the game. Infinite continues is a great feature, but if you let the timer reach zero before you finish the level, the game is over.
Throughout the game, you will encounter a multitude of enemies, some of which are harder to kill than others. You can either jump on the enemies to kill them (which gives you bonus points) or shoot them with your weapon. It is quite difficult to jump on an airborne enemy like a wasp or floating eye, so it is important to know your jumping limitations.
Treasure chests are strategically placed throughout the game. Shooting the chest will open it up revealing potentially important power-up icons, including health and weapons.
With the large levels, colorful imaginative graphics and challenging gameplay, Floating Runner is a welcome addition to any PlayStation library.
- MANUFACTURER - Xing of Japan
- THEME - Adventure
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
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Floating Runner's character looks like Sonic minus the red sneakers. The forward-scrolling gameplay sends you leaping across platforms and dodging attacks in a 3D world.
When gripping action games like Resident Evil have left you drained, you might take a gentle jog through Floating Runner's colorful worlds. The gimmick here is that your hop-n-bop hero doesn't float, the ground does. The game sends you runningjumping, and shooting across imaginative landscapes that can become narrow strips of airborne platforms. The simple shooting may add up to a few hours of buoyant fun for younger players.
- Use your Roll move (Button R1 or R2) and not your jump to move side to side across these tricky high beams.
- You can't pick up enemies' points if they fall into the water after you shoot them.
- When enemies charge you, use the Roll move to get out of the way, then turn and nail 'em.
Rainbows of color fill the screen, giving the game a real cartoon-fantasy quality. The small polygon-based heroes and villains, however, are ill-defined and lack personality.
Bouncy music, cute sound effects, and simple "Yeah!" voices relegate this cheerful game to "young gamer" status.
There's not much to do besides run, jump, and shoot. Your jump can be imprecise, especially when you're leaping across several small platforms.
Floating Runner is a light-kil weight, totally inoffensive, and uncomplicated game. This disc is for your kid brother or sister to play until Barney comes on.