Agent Run, a new gesture-based endless runner, has launched on iOS and Android devices, and challenges players to run through environments, dodging obstacles with the use of quick swipes on the screen. Created by two indie developers from Vienna, Matthias Maschek from AgentDroid and Wolfgang Knecht of pixelclash, the game stars Robert Robertson, an agent on a mission to destroy Professor E. Vil and his Doomsday Machine.
In Agent Run, Robertson runs across the screen automatically while being chased by Professor E. Vil’s thugs. Attack dogs, closed doors, swinging logs and other obstacles are scattered on the path ahead of Robert, and players must swipe on the screen to eliminate these threats before he can run into them. For dogs, players swipe on strings hanging bones in mid-air, for instance. The dogs catch the bones, and become distracted. Most other obstacles can also be eliminated with a quick swipe.
Some items in the world aren’t obstacles, but instead provide opportunities to collect coins. A jump pad, for instance, rockets Robert into the sky, collecting an arch of coins in the process. These coins are used when players fail (to earn a second chance at the game), or to purchase a head-start at the beginning of a run. Users can also spend coins on powers in the game’s store. There are eight gadgets in all, including a jetpack and a bazooka, and players start out with the hedge trimmer for free. The hedge trimmer, for instance, is used to mow down tall thorns that may otherwise trip Robert up and end the game.
Agent Run offers four different randomly generated environments, including a jungle, basement and military bunker. The first level of the game is available to download and play for free, while the three remaining levels can be unlocked for $2.99.
“We decided to create Agent, Run! as an homage to the best Bond films of all time – and we knew that an endless runner would be a perfect match,” said Matthias Maschek, programmer and designer of AgentDroid, in a statement.