Mobile game company GREE has announced the launch of Batman & The Flash: Hero Run on iOS and Android devices. The game combines the fast-paced gameplay of an endless runner with the strategy of an RPG and card collection experience, as fans of the DC heroes run through the city collecting coins to outfit themselves with better gear.
As Batman, players chase The Joker through the streets of Gotham City, attacking thugs and avoiding oncoming traffic and construction barriers. As The Flash, gamers run through Gorilla City and must avoid rolling boulders and fallen trees. Eventually, players will unlock additional playable characters, including Catwoman and The Joker.
Gameplay sees users running forever away from the screen, swiping left and right to move their character between three running lanes. Gamers swipe up to jump over obstacles and down to slide under low-hanging barriers. While most items must be avoided, each character’s enemies (like thugs or gorillas) can be attacked for experience points. Simply running into enemies is enough, but players can also tap on the screen to shoot them, earning even more XP.
Batman and The Flash can be leveled up separately, and outfitted with different pieces of gear. These ‘gadgets’ help players activate double jumping, extra health, super sprints and more. The higher the level, the more gadget slots players will unlock for use, but the gadgets themselves are use-limited items. Players can purchase additional units of “double jumps,” for instance, using the free coins they’ve collected while running.
Eventually, gamers unlock the ability to fuse or evolve their character cards to unlock new powers for their favorite runner. The game features Facebook integration for sharing high scores with friends, and global leaderboards for a more wide-scale progress comparison.