03
Sep
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Totem Runner sounds like just another endless runner, possibly set place on a tropical island and starring an offensively stereotypical tribesmen of some kind. While your first hunch wouldn't be too far off the mark, this game dishes out a particular twist that just may come as a surprise. The provided experience is what you get if you take all of the Animorphs (too old?) and combine them all into one character, then turn that guy into a fierce warrior that looks strong enough to make me wonder why he needs to turn into an animal in the first place. He's tasked with saving the world, and he will need to tap into all of your powers in order to do so.

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That said, this is still an endless runner. It's a genre with many entries, and I wouldn't blame anyone for considering the selection a little stale. Still, if Totem Runner's gameplay doesn't immediately grip you, its graphics might. Both your character and the landscape are depicted by silhouettes. It's an art style we've seen increasingly often, and while there's no accounting for taste, I don't particularly mind.

The controls are simple and the atmosphere is satisfying, including the moody audio and the heavy sense of movement. The title screen doesn't give the best first impression, but the gameplay itself is far more polished. It's available for free, but the full game can be unlocked in-game for 99 cents.

Update: An international version is also available.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    why is it uncompatible with my galaxy s2?

    • Constantine G

      It's incompatible with Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus S as well. Something is fucked up.

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

        The Web play store should tell you the exact reason.

        • Andrew

          No, it does not do it after last update. (
          It just says "This app is incompatible with all of your devices." And if you click Install all you get is "An unexpected error has occurred. Please try again later." Just a week ago, after you click Install, it would show you list of your devices with exact reasons, but not anymore.

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

            Looks like it's because there are 2 versions - US and international. Here's the one you want https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chillingo.totemrunner.android.rowgplay

          • Andrew

            Yes, thanks!
            I mean in previous versions web Play store used to clearly state cause of incompatibility. After redesign you had to make few clicks to see it, and now looks this info is gone completely.

    • Andrea M White

      http://bit.ly/17m3pcp this is compatible :)

  • Sam Tate

    uncompatible with Nexus 4 and new Nexus 7... Is it US only?

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

      Compatible with my nexus 4, so it must be a country restriction.

    • Andrea M White

      Available everywhere http://bit.ly/17m3pcp :)

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

        Get lost, spammer.

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

    The video looks pretty awesome. I usually don't like these kinds of games but this one caught my eye.

    • Andrea M White

      if you dont like such kind of games, you should certainly try this one http://bit.ly/17m3pcp :)

  • Dheeraj

    Bloody country restrictions. -_-

  • Joaquín Fernández

    There is an international version available for those having compatibility issues https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chillingo.totemrunner.android.rowgplay

  • briankariu

    country restrictions! someone upload the apk :D

  • btod

    The artwork reminds me of Samurai Jack. Great show

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