Astro Boy Dash
Race to the bottom.
Anime fans will have no problem recalling Astro Boy, the popular hero who first debuted in a Manga comic all the way back in the 1950s, before enjoying a new lease of TV life towards the end of the last century. He's starred in his fair share of games too, including a memorable stop on the Nintendo DS.
With Astro Boy Dash, Animoca brings the rocket-powered boy robot back into action, this time in endless runner form. As you'd expect, there are plenty of obstacles to avoid, coins to collect and mighty special powers to unleash.
The developers did a bang-up job of recreating the colorful atmosphere of Astro Boy's comic universe, complete with a lush city environment, sharp animations and a punchy Mega Man-esque soundtrack. There are plenty of unlockables to work towards too, such as alternative skins and a new character, the adorable female Uran. You can also earn additional power-ups - or buy them - as you get further into the game.
The gameplay's just too slippery to be really enjoyable. Between awkward tilt-based controls, and swipe movements that don't register quickly enough to avoid a show-stopping crash, expect frustration rather than a satisfying challenge - a pity. There's also an annoying countdown clock that appears every time you lose a turn - and you can't skip it unless you want to spend a gem. Finally, while we love the music, the rest of the audio is nothing short of annoying, and packed with repetitive sound samples.
Astro Boy Dash is free-to-play, so anime and endless runner fans won't lose anything by giving it a try. With that said, it really would be a much better game if it had more accurate controls, and a slower pace. Quite simply, Astro's in need of a post-release tune-up.