Whether you are a lifelong fan of the Super Mario franchise or someone who’s lived under a rock their whole life and never heard of it, this is a must try app game! Super Mario Run is about as polished as mobile app games get with fun, addicting game play, great graphics, a single player and multiplayer component and even a bit of base building. It’s free to play the first four stages but to get the full experience there is a one-time fee of around $10-15 depending where you live.
Super Mario Run goes back to the traditional side scrolling angle of the original Mario games except, unlike the older games, you are always running forward in this one and can only stop or turn backwards briefly by using the terrain. Hence the name, Super Mario RUN, get it? This creates a very fast-paced feel to the game and makes it very difficult to collect some of the challenges in each stage.
Along with the single player stages, called Tour, there is also a multiplayer component where you take on fellow Super Mario Runners in the stages you have previously completed. The goal here is to outscore your opponents by collecting more regular and challenge coins while impressing as many toadstools as possible. Whoever wins takes some of their competitor’s toadstools which can be used to build up your home base.
Between the single player, multiplayer and base building components you can find yourself sinking hours into this game. Unlike many app games these days this game is free of ads and can even be played for free if you are happy with only experiencing the first four stages. If you are like me you will quickly open your wallet for this one to get the full experience, and you won’t look back.
Overall Score: 5/5