By Marcia Morgan,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fast-paced superhero action very fun, has cartoon violence.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
On one hand, you've got a whole bunch of superheroes trying to save day. On the other hand, they're all cutthroat about being first person to save day.
Positive Role Models
Characters all superheroes, but none acts all that heroic. Willing to step all over each other in a grab for fame, attention.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Grappling hooks, bombs, blasts of ice used to slow down other heroes, but no blood, gore. Even spikes aren't very spikey, merely slowing down heroes. Players don't die, simply fall out off screen "out" of race.
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Gentle heckling, but no use of inappropriate language.
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Products & Purchases
Downloadable character packs available for players to buy, which allow them to play as various YouTube celebrities; other paid cosmetic DLC available to customize superheroes' appearances.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SpeedRunners is a downloadable competitive platformer with multiplayer support for up to four players. Wearing the capes and tights of some less than heroic superheroes, players use all sorts of superpowers, gadgets, and other comic book clichés against each other in a cutthroat race to save the day. The violence is all very cheesy and comic book-y, used as a way to slow other heroes down and take them out of the race. The game has pretty basic controls that should be easy for most people to pick up and play, and the tutorial does a great job of teaching anything a new player might need to know. There's some general heckling between characters during the races, but there's nothing inappropriate. There's also some downloadable content that can be purchased to customize the appearance of superheroes or to let players use various YouTube celebrities to fight instead of the in-game characters.
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What’s It About?
Who says there's never a superhero around when you need one? In the world of SPEEDRUNNERS, the scales of justice tip way over to the superhero side. With more heroes than crime, it's always a mad dash to be the first to save the day. Armed with everything from freeze rays to grappling hooks, you'll have to use all the tricks in your superpowered arsenal to trip up, knock down, and otherwise take out the competition. Of course, this is a cutthroat grab for fame, and those other heroes are looking to beat you to the scene of the crime, too. And with support for up to four players in online and offline multiplayer, you may never know the secret identity of that caped crusader that kept you from saving that cat from that tree.
Is It Any Good?
Whether you're in karts or capes, there's nothing that brings out that competitive spirit like a good ol'-fashioned race to the finish line. SpeedRunners takes that idea to a whole new addictive level thanks to insane maps, simple controls, and loads of replayability. Gameplay is simple, addictive, and so fast-paced you don't have time to lament your loss (or if you win, heckle the losers) before another fast-paced round begins. With new characters, maps, items, and features added every month, there's no way to ever get bored with this game. Even if you don't have any friends to team up with for the intense online competition, you can go head to head with slightly less challenging bots.
For a game that's so simple on the surface, there are a lot of intricacies that make it more than just a mad dash. You'll need skill as much as you'll need luck to win with any consistency. You'll pick up on tricks such as how using the grappling hook at just the right time and angle can help you get that extra ounce of speed and distance to help keep your hero in the running. With quirky characters, superpowers, gadgets, and a comic-book style, SpeedRunners is a recipe for fast-paced fun that's almost as much fun to lose as it is to win.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about competition. Can a little friendly competition be good for a friendship or a bad thing?
Discuss strategy. Why is knowing the right route/combination of tactics and skills sometimes more important than being the better player?
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: tinyBuild
- Release date: April 19, 2016
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: August 23, 2016
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