Windows Phone Game Review: RoloRun

There is a decent selection of online games over at the Windows Phone Marketplace where you compete against other players. You have games that you compete head to head like Duudle, games where you have global leaderboards like Trine's Hangman where you compete for position, and then you have games where everyone competes at the same time for the highest score like Wordament. RoloRun falls into the latter category.

With Wordament you compete to solve word puzzle for the highest score, whereas with RoloRun you compete to see how far you can race Rolo. Every two minutes, a 90 second round begins. On-screen controls will let you race Rolo across a series of platforms that vary in size. RoloRun is a simply drawn up game for your Windows Phone that grows on you.

When you first launch RoloRun, you'll need to sign up for an account (free) where you create your gamer tag. From there you're sent to the game's main pages that display your gaming stats, leaderboards, and the game's hall of fame.  Screen right are button controls to access RoloRun's settings and the help/how-to guide.  Settings are minimal and offer two theme choices, Lumia or WP7.  The Lumia theme offers multi-colored blocks while WP7 offers colored blocks that match your Windows Phone theme color.

To jump into a game, just tap the "Play Now" button on your Stat page. Game play is simple with forward, reverse and jump controls to navigate Rolo through the course. The course itself is a series of blocks that vary in size and you job is to jump from block to block and make it to the finish line (or as far as you can) before the 90 second time expires.

At the conclusion of each race you will see your ranking and how your placement has influenced your skill rating. You also have a chat screen where you can briefly chat with other players in between rounds.

RoloRun is a simple racing game that you can compete online against others with. Controls are simple but I'm a little surprised that the developers didn't make use of the Windows Phone accelerometer. Or at least have that as an optional forward/reverse controls.

The chat feature is nice but a little too brief. Game play is challenging, especially when the blocks get extremely narrow. All in all, RoloRun is a Windows Phone game that is worth a try.

RoloRun is a free, ad supported game that you can grab here at the (opens in new tab) Windows Phone 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.

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