Running With Friends is an endless runner in which players are participating in an event similar to Spain’s running with the bulls. Players must navigate their character away from buses, other runners, oncoming bulls, in a terracotta neighborhood with narrow streets. Users try to collect coins in an effort to increase their scores, which ultimately combine the number of coins they collected with the distance they traveled. But unlike other endless runners like Temple Run, player race against real opponents. This element is interesting in concept, but leaves a little bit of a lag between games. Players also do no interact with one another. Still it is a great game and requires quick thinking on the part of the player to dodge barrels, hay stacks, oncoming bulls, TNT crates, and many other obstacles that stand in the way. As the race continues, the speed of the players’ character increases, making it increasingly difficult to navigate. The there is limited comic violence, making the game recommended for children ages six and older.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations, especially adapting to obstacles.
Running With Friends is all about making adjustments and reacting quickly. There are really no instructions other than a brief tutorial, so players are really teaching themselves how to play, learning in a trial and error process. But the speed and dexterity that players must demonstrate when evading oncoming bulls and barrels, requires strong adaptive thinking skills. Before gameplay begins, assuming players have collected enough gems, they will spin a wheel that will give them distinct powerups. For example, instead of collecting 10 starts when they break a barrel, they may receive a powerup that will give them 100. Players must then adjust their racing strategy based on the the types of powerups they receive. It they are used to jumping over and avoiding barrels, they will now have to slide into them to collect more coins. Players must also be able judge the difference between bulls coming at them and bulls running alongside. Often when gameplay speeds up it is difficult to tell the different. Bulls that run alongside can be jumped on, making them easy to avoid. Oncoming bulls however, cannot be ridden. They must be avoided by moving left or right. Players are also given the opportunity to respawn twice once they have gotten caught either by bull or an obstacle, giving them a chance to learn from their mistakes in the next round.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks, especially shifting attention.
Player must be completely enveloped in the game if they want to score well and beat their opponents. Players must always be thinking one step ahead. There really is not enough time to formulate a plan, only enough to react to the positions of blockades and obstacles. This is where players really need to narrow their vision, focusing only a the scenery. Running With Friends is also centered on goals. When players complete gameplay goals they receive gems, which allow them to utilize powerups, and revive themselves up to two times each race. Gems can also be bought from the game store, but if players have a sense of goal directed persistence, they will not have to use their own money to earn gems.
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