Begin with a Sonic the Hedgehog base. Add some splatter cinema, mix in a bit of parkour, garnish with an electric guitar and serve free. That's the recipe for Running Fred, a runner game starring a ginger down on his luck named Fred who's being chased by Death. Death's pretty cool about the whole killing Fred thing, though. He provides you a nice tutorial and even gives Fred the chance to escape. If he can survive the gauntlet of brutal traps, that is.

As you run through the various dungeons, you collect coins that allow you to purchase upgrades, abilities, and costumes. This deviates from the rather unsettling trend of games being free on the Market, only to nickel and dime you on the bonuses. What's even nicer is that if you die in a level (and you will die), you get to keep all the coins you collected. Even losing enough times will net you power ups, so the moderate difficulty level of the game shouldn't put off casual players.

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Running Fred promises "gore galore", so right off the bat, we know this game is a little twisted. The gameplay is exciting and doesn't get old. The bevy of upgrades give you tons of new ways to get through the labyrinth of killing machines Death has put in your way. If you think you've got what it takes to cheat death, head over to the Market via the Hell Gat-err, widget below.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • KLAbridge

    I don't get why you don't include links to the game on market with your posts. It's rather annoying. It's not the first time either.

    • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

      We usually include a widget with links. There was a mistake in this widget, so it didn't show up. Fixed now.

  • Ryan B

    Yeah, I noticed the lack of link in the last one, but thought it was an isolated incident

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It was indeed isolated. There was an unclosed tag, which prevented the widget from showing up, which Eric fixed. The team is encouraged to check the appearance of the post after it goes live, but it doesn't happen every time.

  • ne0ge0

    To the AP team, I'd like to say "Thanks" for the post, contrary to the two previous complainers (is pulling up the android market and typing in "Running Fred" really THAT hard?)

    • Glenn

      Yes indeed. Thank you for all the games and info I would not have found out if not for you guys.

      Do not be discouraged because there are many people who appreciates what you guys do.

    • KLAbridge

      Yes. Yes it is.

  • L boogie

    Are these the same Devs responsible for the game; falling Fred?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii


  • http://androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft

    They are the very same, yes.

  • Mimsyborogove923

    I'm impressed. Seriously awesome, and not just because it's free. They could easily justify charging a few bucks for this game. My only issue is that it's occasionally frustrating, but that's due to user error, not the game itself.

  • Michael

    This is like Temple run on steroids, better graphic do more stuff and there is a storyline

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  • Feren Marcelina

    can I play this game on xperia miro?