Alien on the Run
There is a word we video game reviewers abuse and overuse. Can you
guess what that word is? No I am not talking about innovative, but that
one is pretty close. I am talking about quirky. How many times have you
read a game is quirky? I went to the dictionary and looked the word up.
Why did I go to all that trouble? I was thinking about how to start my review for Alien on the Run, and quirky came to mind. As I looked out the window and watched a bird fly by, it hit me - quirky is used to describe a lot of games. Is that right? Is it accurate? Then I went and looked up the definition of the word.
From Dictionary.com - "quirky - an individual peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible." That is the first definition. It accurately describes Alien on the Run. This is one peculiar video game with some strange mannerism, and some strange characters.
We play aliens in Alien on the Run. They must escape this ship they are on. Once they escape one of the seventeen areas, their bottoms spew fire, and they fly to a planet. Four aliens catch them on this planet and somehow throw them back into space, and back onto the space ship. I would call that quirky.
How we play Alien on the Run is also quirky. Players move towards yellow circles, and hit the 'B' button to dash. Let go of the 'B' button inside the circle, and the circle vanishes. Our alien character then poses in some strange or known way. Like a naked male human chest is put on him while he flexes like a body builder. Or sits in the thinker statues pose. There are additional poses in this hand held game. There are also certain items that can be collected in the last level of an area.
The music in Alien on the Run is upbeat, positive, encouraging, and happy. Not the Duck Dynasty HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY, but happy enough. The controls are smooth as silk in Alien on the Run. Even if the dash, let go seems strange at first. Trust me, it feels weird. Once you get used to it, Alien on the Run flows.
The ESRB was really napping on Alien on the Run. The 'E' for Everyone rating might be okay. That is debatable. What they missed is the crude humor, and comic mischief. It is present and accounted for in Alien on the Run. Beat the first level to see it. Family Friendly Gaming has been finding a rash of misses by the ESRB this year. Families need to be aware of this, and make their purchases accordingly.
Alien on the Run is a download only video game on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. So you will not be able to purchase this hand held video game at your local video game stores. Nor would you be able to use online video game retailers.
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone
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