Like most older gamers, I’ve written off a lot of the runner genre in the past; saying that without any real control over the character, how could it be challenging? When you take a look at the genre and the mobile market, it’s easy to see how simple you can make this kind of design. However, the Runner series (based off of Bit.Trip.) has been trying to go further. With the latest game now out, I can honestly say that this is the most complicated runner I have played to date.
Omensight by developer Spearhead Games continues the studio’s apparent love of time manipulation, mysteries, and a lot of cartoon animal killing. The stakes have been raised even higher with players now tasked to solve a murder mystery. While it may have a stronger foundation compared to their previous game, Omensight’s strong beginning doesn’t last until the end.
South Park the Stick of Truth was a surprisingly great love letter to the fans and RPG gamers. Since then, everybody’s favorite town has not had much luck with riding that wave. Phone Destroyer was a monetized mess, and with The Fractured but Whole, the developers have done some fracturing of their gameplay.
The Overlord and Pikmin series have been two of my favorite gems in recent years. The third person strategy genre is like trying to fit two different square pegs into a round hole thanks to differing designs and UI to accommodate. Masters of Anima is the latest game to attempt this mix, and it unfortunately suffers in a familiar area.