Anyone who knows me (or who reads my reviews) knows that mobile games, as a rule, aren’t really my thing. But as with all rules, there is an exception, and for me, that exception is Runners. Runners are, and will always be, the absolute best. I love the competitiveness of it (and if you say ‘but Runners aren’t competitive Arielle!’ then you’ve obviously not played one with me) and the skill behind it.
I’m always looking for new, fun and exciting Runners and that’s exactly what Ben 10 Up To Speed is.
What makes a Ben 10 branded runner different? This is a Runner that is pretty much perfect for children.
If you find yourself unfamiliar with the cartoon that this game comes from, the long-running Ben 10 series on Cartoon Network, here is a summary:
Ben Tennyson is a perfectly normal little boy who comes to live a pretty extraordinary life after he finds a mysterious watch, called the Omnitrix, on the best summer vacation ever. The Omnitrix then allows him to temporarily change into one of 10 different aliens, each with their own skills, vulnerabilities, and personalities to save the world – a feat which transfers into the game as well.
The game itself couldn’t be easier to grasp if you tried.
You play as Ben, placed on a map that is filled with coins to collect, obstacles to avoid and enemies to defeat while constantly running forward. You can swipe left and right to switch lanes, up to jump and down to slide/attack. While running you use your Omnitrix to transform Ben into one of his various alien alter egos to progress through certain areas and pass certain obstacles and objectives.
It’s a leveled based Runner, which means you don’t just run into infinity and instead each run only lasts a few short minutes before coming to a distinctive end. Each level that you unlock by completing the previous run, gets gradually more challenging and requires the use of different alien combinations.
This is one of the reasons why it’s perfect for children (other than the homage to a beloved cartoon and a chance to BE Ben), no single level lasts for long, so you don’t need to have a lot of time or a lot of focus to be able to still have an enjoyable experience but at the same time it helps promote logical thinking and fast reactions.
What you can expect from Ben 10 Up To Speed:
MEET BEN TENNYSON: Ben was on a road trip with his Grandpa Max and cousin Gwen when he discovered the alien watch known as the Omnitrix. Now, he can use it to turn into alien superheroes, each with amazing abilities.
UNLEASH ALIEN POWERS: Turn into the super-strong Four Arms, the fiery Heatblast, the lightning-quick XLR8 and more incredible aliens. Use their individual powers to blast the bad guys, smash through obstacles and even access alternate paths.
POWER UP THE OMNITRIX: Level up your aliens and the Omnitrix itself to become faster, stronger and more heroic. Change into the right alien in each situation to make the most of your powers.
MORE ALIENS, MORE LEVELS, MORE BOSSES: Stay tuned for massive updates! They will be adding new aliens with their own unique powers for even more ways to play. You’ll also get new levels & environments and new boss battles to test your skills.
If you have a child in search of a new game, or if you’re just a very big fan of Ben 10 and Runners then this is definitely worth taking a look at.
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