Don't Run With a Plasma Sword
Enemy robots don't seem nearly as tough with a weapon in our hands.
Under normal circumstances, running with a plasma sword (if such a wonderful sounding thing existed) would probably be a dangerous activity. Not so in XperimentalZ Games' newest iPhone and iPad release, Don't Run With A Plasma Sword, the title of which is 100 percent contradictory, since the developers encourage the exact opposite.
The game is essentially a runner, where the goal is to keep the hero/AKA Cornelius pushing forward without smacking into walls or falling off cliffs.
What separates it from the competition, something that should have happened years ago, is the ability to fight back. Instead of dodging enemies, though you can certainly do that, the app lets you ignite that plasma sword and go Luke Skywalker on the endless string of killer robots and aliens (or robot aliens) populating the world.
Naturally, the game appeals to our inner Star Wars fan boy, and why not? We can't resist charging through the levels carrying that sucker and tearing through monsters foolish enough to get in our way.
On top of that, the app awards XP each time we play, and that goes towards a variety of upgrades, the most important being special skills that imbue Cornelius with more powerful abilities, boosting his Jump, Dash, Dive and Slide Power, while increasing Health, Armor and giving him a cool Wave Attack.
We can also spend the points on new plasma swords, as well as different colored clothes and hair; players can earn XP and/or purchase it for $0.99 (100,000), $1.99 (250,000) and $2.99 (500,000).
What's more, the game has a cool comic book presentation, complete with colorful illustrations and foot tapping music. You know, to enhance the mood.
We grew tired of "runners" months ago, but Don't Run With A Plasma Sword renewed our faith in these types of games, thanks to the addition of combat. Whip out that sword and come out swinging.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: Running with a plasma sword, earning XP to purchase upgrades, comic book style visuals, universal support.
What's Not: Could use more special attacks.