Think of a minimalist Mario Jump; married with heightened sensitivity to the very physics of the game, funk based theme music, and a cache of complex jump combos, and a constantly altering terrain – then you can imagine what Chameleon Run is like.
Apologies for mentioning the Nintendeon plumber who lives in a messed up, sometimes upside down, 2Dimensional parkour world. But chances are that if you are going to make a side view sprinting game with an obstacle course set between you and your goal; it is going to be referenced, and held under scrutiny of its 8-bit forbears.
That being said; Hyperbolic Magnetism have done a really good job with this game. The minimalism and simplistic views the graphics provide are extremely satisfying to run through as you run through the tutorials/the whole game.
Blurred outlines of colossal cuboids, cones pyramids, and cubes protruding out of nothingness in the background; the top and bottom of the gaming frames are obscured by hazy pools of forbidden entry. Forever keeping you running the 3Dimensional gauntlet in front of you.
Your run is set on an angle so as to better see the world (or lack thereof) that surrounds you. As you run, you are subject to length way laden hurdles varying pink and yellow. The same colours of your attire. Yellow clothing permits you to run along the yellow bricks, so as pink clothing allows you passage on the pink bricks. Failure to change clothes in time, or hitting the ground/darkened bricks, results in your demise. Crumbling into tiny cubes, strewn upon the visceral landscape. So best lead with your best foot forward and your reflexes keenly attuned to your surroundings as this game only has one speed; fast.
Hyperbolic Magnetism indie game developers based out the Czech Republic, have really hit the big time this last year (2016) with their plenty of games available for all mobile device platforms. Titles such as Lums, Oh My Heart, Temple of Ra, and many others tailored for the on goers, the restless, the ones in need of respite from the daily. Aided by fellow indie game developers/indie game publishers Noodlecake Games based out of Canada, this team up needs to continue. Such brilliance in this one game must bleed into other projects soon.
This game is for; gauntlet runners, those who minor in physics, and people interested in a modern take on an old arcade gaming format (right hand, jump; left hand, switch colours).
Recommended time frame before deletion: 34hrs.