Ridiculous Marathon is one of the many fantastic games from Windows Phone developer Game Troopers. The endless runner game has you racing a strange pet that is an alien/gorilla mix breed through the Amazon rain forest. The Xbox gaming title is also today's AdDuplex HERO App.

The HERO App is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex Network. The program has changed slightly from last year and partners AdDuplex with AppDeals, TechRewards and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month. Our role in the HERO App campaign is to offer a little exposure to these titles by sharing them with you, our readers.

The backstory has an odd-looking pet celebrating a birthday. The pet is mix breed that merges an alien creature with a gorilla. During the party, the pet swings to bust open a piñata filled with candy and ends up hitting its owners. To avoid being punished, the pet begins his endless run through the Amazon forest.

Ridiculous Marathon

When you first launch Ridiculous Marathon, the first run will be tutorial in nature that covers your gaming mechanics. Once you finish the tutorial, the game will launch to the main menu that offers options to jump into gameplay and to access:

  • Daily and Weekly Challenges
  • Gaming Missions
  • Settings
  • The Game Shop (for power-ups)
  • The Game Leaderboard
  • The Cosmetic Store (for character customizations)

Gameplay is similar to other endless runner games. You swipe at the screen to move your pet left or right, to make it jump and to make it roll under obstacles. There are gold tokens to collect and green gems to collect that can be used to purchase power-ups or customizations (an assortment of costumes for your character). You will also find power-ups and mission items scattered about the endless course that can be collected. There's even a rocket-powered surfboard that will let you fly above the dangers.

Ridiculous Marathon

Power-ups include items such as magnets to collect more tokens, jetpack and double jumps. Obstacles you will have to avoid include barricades, jungle vines and logging trucks. In addition to the power-ups that can be purchased or collected, there are piñatas that can be earned and used to make your pet invincible.

Gaming missions and challenges are set up with specific performance goals such as scoring, distance and token collection goals or collecting special items that are scattered around the course. Completing these missions and challenges will earn you tokens.

Overall, I enjoyed re-visiting Ridiculous Marathon. The Windows Phone game does a good job of tackling the basics such as challenging gameplay and colorful graphics. The customizations are also a nice touch to add to the uniqueness of your pet's appearance.

Ridiculous Marathon is free, ad-supported game with an in-app purchase option of $2.99 that will remove the ad support. It is a fun game and well worthy of being a HERO App.

Download Ridiculous Marathon for Windows Phone

512MB RAM devices supported

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AdDuplex HERO Promotion

AdDuplex is a fantastic resource for the cross-promotion of Windows Phone and Windows apps. AdDuplex's HERO Apps program is designed to help developers promote their apps even further with free access to various tools and resources from AdDuplex.

The HERO Apps promotion partners AdDuplex with Windows Central, AppDeals and Microsoft TechRewards to provide additional benefits to the top apps every month. These benefits are spread across four packages and include:

  • 100% exchange ratio on AdDuplex for 1 month
  • $50-500 credits to run ad campaigns on AdDuplex
  • @AdDuplex tweet about your app]
  • Professional ad design (banner and/or interstitial)
  • TechReward Points
  • App quality review by the Windows Store
  • Free feature campaign on AppDeals
  • Review of your app on Windows Central

The rules to join the HERO Apps program remain the same. Every app that you start to cross-promote on the AdDuplex network will be able to apply for the program and receive one of the four benefits packages. You can find all the fine print and sign up for the HERO Apps program here at AdDuplex's website.

Windows Central is proud to be partnering with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. As with our existing partnership with myAppFree Deals, this is yet another excellent opportunity to promote both the Windows 10 PC and Mobile platforms.

Windows Central is already partnering with the myAppFree campaign and is proud to be collaborating with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. It is another great opportunity to promote the Windows 10 PC and Mobile platform.