Space, a huge disintegrating craft and the unexpected ingredient of flash eating werewolves make for an interesting recipe. UK developers and publisher Wales Interactive bring all three together in Infinity Runner – a dark, eerie dash to freedom that just about hits the mark. Originally released on PC, PlayStation 4 gamers will now be tempted to make the leap.
Your hostile path ahead starts aboard a lonely desolate craft with sparsely neon lit corridors leading the way. While not looking visually knockout, this first-person sci-fi action running game still creates a lonesome image. Racing through the crafts, corridors and passages flow super smooth and with added atmospheric grunts and gasps creates a unique setting in space.
The premise of Infinity Runner is to escape the decaying ship and reach the escape pod and finally to safety. You’ll need to race through seven different parts of the craft to do so. Each area does’t throw a great deal of visual variation at you, but now and then the game touches on some inventive places to sprint down. Levels are littered with handy checkpoints and each segment only lasts around 3 minutes. As well as armed guards stopping your path (which can be disposed of by hitting a combination of trigger and face buttons), there is also something stanger aboard this doomed ship. The unexpected element is the ability to change your DNA. Being set in a sci-fi world you may be thinking of an alien life changing experience. Not here, this change turns you all hairy and into a rather powerful and agile werewolf. Once in this brief state, you’ll be able to clamber up walls and pound down doors. Subtle changes in lower camera angles and animal like audio effects bring a different feeling to the race. Your speed also increases, and while this makes for a quicker escape, it can be a hindrance as navigating tight turns and jumps appear much quicker. Also helping you throughout your journey to safety is a rather cute cyber-punk, she’ll be updating you on the crafts statues and brings a human like touch to the table.
Progressing sees you encounter new and scarier obstacles to overcome and the appearance of werewolves leaping out of the mist catching with your trousers down all helps to keep to your attention. Just like other endless runners you’ve played before it’s still about quick reflexes, perfectly timed jumps and ducks, and remembering what’s coming up next. But with the desolate si-fi setting and forming changing abilities, Infinity Runner succeeds in delivering a different take on the genre. You’ll even get a chance to sail through space and touch foot on soil.
With Easy, Medium and Hard settings, the youngest of gamers can get involved in this budget release. Playing on easy, the game can be completed in one sitting, but ramping up the difficulty level prolongs the action and offers a tough but fair challenge. The good news is you’ll want to return. Infinity Runner is simple fun and with the healthy amount of checkpoints on route the journey flows that bit sweeter. For the trophy hunters in us, Infinity Runner delivers there too – I can’t remember a game where thirty odd Bronze trophies popped so quickly and for reasons I still don’t know. There’s even a Platinum trophy for the experienced button masher too. Along with the main Story Mode, Arcade Mode offers a customisable option to play around with. Like with all runner games there’s a sence of achievement reaching the games finale and the finishing line. And with all space adventures, who wouldn’t say no to a sequel?
Sharpen those claws and reflexes as Infinity Runner brings a short, dark and eerie sci-fi dash with werewolves. Priced at a measly £4.99/$6.99/€6.99 it may not be the longest race you’ve ever ran, but ramp up the difficulty level and you still have a worthy budget download title on your hands.
Lizard rating 7/10