Oh wow, this bugger is cute. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be wowed by the simplistic goodness of Runman: Race Around the World. I meant to pick it up last week when, like, the entire Internet was gawking at it, but then rAge happened and, well … yeah, I’m late. Screw that, it’s worth another mention anyway.
Runman has you (the titular Runman) going from level to level doing what he does best: running. In fact, that turns out to be your only real goal: to move as fast and fluidly through your environment as possible, pulling off a bunch of acrobatic stunts with careful timing and the appropriate use of your character’s abilities to secure low times, high scores and those tricky-to-get Runman medals. And believe me, you’ll be craving those medals after only a few levels of play.
Perhaps the most charming component of this game is its interesting art style and sound direction, which have both somehow hooked themselves onto a really solid concept. Everything about it is there to say, “We don’t take ourselves seriously, but we’re going to make a damn fine game regardless.”
The title is available as donationware, and the game’s creators recommend that we all become the opposite of lame and submit many, many financial packages to their noble cause.