Run from doomsday with TheEndApp!
If we, mere mortals, are to adhere to the Mayan Apocalypse of the world ending too-soon-now come December 21, 2012, we better get our essentials packed and ready before doomsday catches us unpacked and unready. But since we all have our own, different set of beliefs when it comes to apocalyptic conspiracy theories and prophecies, we can choose to just stick to other scientific or religious beliefs, ignore the Armageddon drama, calm our nerves, save the packing for another decade or two, and continue to improve our practical, ordinary lives.
A lot of experts have debunked the drama that surrounds the End of the World Mayan divination but since some people continue to probe into the mystery where there really is none, Internet propaganda and campaign about the Judgment Day to-do lists are still abound in the curious world of spectators. Truth is, the day of reckoning is so beyond us humans because we haven’t even found any firm and accurate answers regarding our birth and evolution.
And since people are really into this foreign prophecy that signals the end according to the Mayan calendar, various forms of media interpretation from film to the internet continue to feed the monsters by supplying their own scripted version of apocalyptic drama. We can choose to look at this as entertainment or as a disturbing prediction; it’s all up to who and what you want to believe.
See, that Tolstoy-length analysis (for a single app review!) that I just made about apocalypse could be a sign that even I am exploring hard over this. Actually, what really made me look inquisitively into this was the app called TheEndApp from Goroid. TheEndApp is a runner game with a post-apocalyptic premise. The idea is to run and collect as many duct tapes and Camp Center necessities all for the sake of post-doomsday survival.
You would be curious to know why Duct Tapes in particular, right? Well, the developers explained that because of the many things that duct tapes can do and fix, it should be up there on the list of end of the world basics. Yeah, laugh all you want, people. Duct tapes might actually save your nose when the crack of doom comes!
TheEndApp is a free runner game for Android and iOS. The runner games available now in the app market is overflowing and tiring but TheEndApp champions some of them for a bit by not entirely being endless. You know, there are goals in the game that allow the runner to actually stop himself from endlessly running.
TheEndApp, like the usual runner games, use the gyroscope method for the controls. People who have mastered Temple Run and its many copycats will not have a hard time mastering the controls of the game. Users will have to tilt the device sideways in order to make the runner move left and right. The app also uses the typical swiping. Swipe up to make the runner jump, swipe down to slide, swipe right to make a right turn and swipe left to go left.
For starters, you will start using the heavy runner called Master Prepper. There is a training level that users are allowed to go through to master the controls even more. The first leg of Master Prepper’s survival journey is in The End Origins stage. After players have practiced enough, they can move to the first level of the game.
In every level of the game, there is a goal. The goals are easy to achieve because I’m guessing the challenge of the game is really about perfect control. The early levels of the game will instruct players to collect 150 duct tapes or even avoid the duct tapes scattered on the road. There is a performance meter on the upper left corner of the screen which will tell players when the goal is already achieved. Once the meter is full, the runner will stop and your achievements will be shown on the screen.
Another difference of TheEndApp to the usual runner games is the amount of the runner’s life. There are various obstacles and barriers that you will pass by in the game like wrecked cars and trucks, lava, burning cargos, and more. When the runner accidentally passed by lava, the screen will turn red but it will do little damage to the runner. When the runner bumps into a barrier or failed to turn, jump, and slide, that will signal game over.
The last level of the game will instruct players to buy essentials that are needed for his Camp Center. For the first level, you will be instructed to buy a mattress which will give you a score boost.
Other levels in the game allow players simple goals such as accomplishing 20 jumps, 10 slides, and 10 turns. The last level will allow another purchase of an item for survival like the Duct Tape-Pack. When the DT-Pack is acquired, players can already grab power-ups on the road.
The Power of Duct Tapes!
When you collect 10,000 duct tapes, you are allowed to purchase a Single Ride Pro Ticket for the Pro version. Collecting 200,000 duct tapes will enable users to buy new character such as Fred the Zombie, Suzy, and Yukiko.
It would have been nice to unlock the Pro stages of TheEndApp. Acquire as many duct tapes as you can to try another runner character, and to get a ticket to the Pro Zone and the London Apocalympics stages.
The end of the world ain’t near. Or so I believe. And really, if the end really is just around the corner, I will not pile my doomsday backpack with duct tapes! Please.
TheEndApp is all-too-familiar now. I’m glad the developers thought of a way to spice up the runner game format by putting a limit to every running level. The first few levels are engaging because of the goals that you have to pursue but when the “endless” trait of the game makes itself present, the natural reaction is one of sighing—a long, profound sigh of stale familiarity.
The graphics are fine but the bugs are annoying. I’ve experienced a lot of bugs while playing and I was even more annoyed to say that those bugs was the reason for Master Prepper not surviving the level. Another annoyance? The endless ads that continue to pop when you’re about to move on to the next level. Ugh.
The End doesn’t really offer anything new. This doesn’t exactly stand out no matter how promising the trailer and the objective look. For an endless runner game non-fan like me, I will still prefer Temple Run over this.