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Hit N’Run Review: Traffic Dodging in 3D

Traffic dodge games have been around since the early days of the arcades with notable classic variants like Spy Hunter.  Today’s aggressive iPhone gaming market has produced a few fantastic takes on the formula like No Brake! – Ultimate Survival Driving Action! and now Hit N’Run.  While No Brake mixed up the gameplay with three reusable and upgradable powers, Hit N’Run has taken the genre into 3D with its 3rd person behind-the-car views.  There are power-ups on the side of the road to pick up while dodging every car that doesn’t match your car’s color.  There is a multi-color car that can also be hit at any time for another power-up.

Likes

3D graphics: This is the game’s biggest selling point, and for good reason.  The 3D car models look great and the colors are vibrant.  The design of the UI looks fantastic as well.

Free-Form Control: Most driving games you have to tap to the left or right of the car to move from lane to lane.  In Hit N’Run you tilt the iDevice to change lanes and you can move freely as lane lines don’t restrict your position at all.  Some may find this control scheme too loose, but I find it adds a great deal of fanaticism to the game-keeping the pace much faster than other games in the genre.

Camera Angles: The initial camera view is pretty standard, but there is a second view that allows you to see a great distance ahead of you.  This  tilted view allows for better route planning as well as a very pleasant panoramic view.  The scenery is a little too simple for my taste, but on the other hand it doesn’t distract or detract from the main focus of the road so it shouldn’t be a bother to most.

Dislikes

Power-ups lacking in power: There are a few power-ups that don’t really feel like they do anything to power you up.  Sunday Driving?  You would think you could hit anything you want and not take damage, but you still do.  So what the heck does it do??  However, a simple listing of power-ups with short descriptions of what they do would be an easy solution to this dilemma.

Traffic dodge games usually feel pretty generic as the majority do nothing to innovate or enhance the genre in any way.  Fortunately, there are a few gems out there like Hit N’Run that take a chance and do something a little different.  While the basic gameplay remains the same, Mitkin & Petrov Productions are to be commended for the obvious effort that went into creating the solid 3D environment.  This one is a definite pickup, especially if you’re a fan of the genre.

Hit N’Run was developed by Mitkin & Petrov Productions, and I played through version 1.1 of the game on my iPod Touch 3G (OS 3.1.2).  The current price point of the game is $1.99.



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