Mars Runner - Mini-Review

We ran across an interesting race game for your Windows Phone. Mars Runner is a sci-fi based race game that has you speeding around the big red planet. The story line goes that the year is 2323 and humans have exhausted all of Earth's resources. In an attempt to preserve life, the Planetary Governing Council (PGC) has decided to begin the colonization of other planets. After much deliberation, Mars was chosen as their best chance for a successful colonization. In order to ensure the safety of future colonists, PGC has sent out a troop of ships to scan the surface of Mars for habitable regions. Your mission is to help PGC with the colonization by helping with their surface scanning efforts.

You travel the surface avoid rocks and other obstacles. You steer your scout ship by tilting the phone left or right and pressing down on the screen will slow time down to allow you to make the more riskier twists and turns. The game also includes side missions to earn trophies and awards.

Game features include:

  • 3D graphics
  • Interactive game controls to maneuver ship using the phone's accelerometer
  • Background music, sound effects, and vibration on collisions
  • Global high score system with rankings
  • Achievement trophies for best times and impressive statistics

First impressions, Mars Runner is graphically impressive and the game pace challenging. It would have been nice if the developer had added laser cannons or photon torpedoes to eliminate some of the obstacles. I mean what's a space ship without canons. The only downside to Mars Runner that I could find is the ad banner. It doesn't obstruct the game view but just feels out of place (upper right corner of the screen). I would gladly spend $.99 for an ad-free version.

Mars Runner is a free game and would be a good addition to your Windows Phone game library. You can download your copy of Mars Runner here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.