Something to Play: “SpeedRunners”

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In the lexicon of the gaming subculture, one of the most common terms thrown around is speedrunning, meaning to play through a level or game as fast as possible. From the popularity of this style of play comes SpeedRunners, the latest in a long line of time attack styled, speed-based platformers. It lays a solid foundation,but could use some more polish.

The gameplay of SpeedRunners can be compared to the likes of Super Meat Boy or ‘Splosion Man. No matter which character you choose, you’ll be able to run really fast and race through increasingly difficult 2D obstacle courses to beat the clock. You’re then encouraged to play though the level again to perfect your time and score.

Now, before I get into some of the weaknesses of this game, I should note that, at the time of this writing, this game is in what Steam calls “Early Access”. This means that, while players can purchase and play the game, it’s still technically in development. However, I want to go ahead and tell you about the game as it stands right now.

With that in mind, let me go over the one slightly weak spot in the game: the story mode. Here, you’re cast as a superhero sent out to protect the city from a mad bomber. It makes for an entertaining diversion, but you can easily beat it in about an hour. On top of that, the stages themselves don’t get to be particularly challenging until the halfway point.

What does make this game more unique is the multiplayer mode, where you can race against three other players until you’re the last man standing. You can also play as several different characters, including caricatures of actual YouTube stars if you care to buy the DLC. There’s also support for user-created levels, as well.

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Again, this is a game in development. And for what it’s worth, you’ll get some fun and exhilarating gameplay. But when you compare it to the competition, you may find that your money may be better spent elsewhere. Pick it up if you’ve already played the time attack essentials and looking for a little something extra.

You can find SpeedRunners on Steam, here.

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