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2 Fast 4 Gnomz review

Yes, it's spelled like that and yes, we're every bit as disgusted as you are

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet." "That's lovely, William, and very well put, but allow me to direct your attention to this 3DS for a moment..."

At this point I would show Shakespeare a game of 2 Fast 4 Gnomz and, being the huge Bit.Trip Runner fan he undoubtedly is, he'd probably make up a new swear word, tear my copy of Romeo and Juliet in half and sit sulking in the DeLorean.

Of course, that's an overreaction (playwrights are so highly strung). Runner is a great game and any title that wilfully copies so much of what made it so is bound to be fun. Gnomz' attempt at high-speed, quick-death auto-scrolling platforming is faithful and some of its abilities are interesting.

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It also swaps the music-heavy retro aesthetic that kept us interested in Runner for a story that revolves around socks. Recycled cutscenes, drab looks and an over-reliance on using the D-Pad all help, very precisely, to strip the charm from this tried and tested formula.

It all adds up to a balancing act between compulsive gameplay and utterly repellent presentation and, frankly, we're pretty sure the latter might tip us over.


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  1. tohaker Friday 22nd Feb 2013 at 09:22

    The demo was alright, but I don't think a whole game could come from it. How many levels does the full game have?

  2. Gordon Ramsey Friday 22nd Feb 2013 at 09:30

    I downloaded the demo and I thought it was a pretty good game, it looks a pleasent game to the eyes and has a challenge to collect all the socks and to finish the levels without dying. I'd give it 65% it's only Ł4 odd.

  3. BattleGooseUK Friday 22nd Feb 2013 at 11:01

    I genuinely don't think I could buy this game based on its name alone... I don't consider myself to be THAT much of a grammar and spelling nazi, but yeah, that is just infuriating.

  4. Herbert_Rarr Friday 22nd Feb 2013 at 14:54

    2 bad 4 QubicGames.

  5. D Gamer Friday 22nd Feb 2013 at 15:53

    Qubic actually came here when the game launched and made a 2 Fast 4 Gnomz Thread. He gave me a free code for thegame too! ^_^

  6. rufus199 Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 17:04

    The demo's easy, but the whole game may not be. I'd say a no-no for laid-back people and a yes-yes for people who like their gaming hard. (and like socks, gardening and a weird dancing castle (?))

    + The gameplay's ace!
    + Nice use of the D-Pad
    - Some people will be frustrated by how hard the game is (in the demo, i died 102 times on the final levels mostly to hear the demon's voice scream! But now it's pipsqueak STAR IN EVERY LEVEL - like a boss)

  7. linkfinity Saturday 23rd Feb 2013 at 23:11

    Huh, I thought it was quite good, each to his/her own I guess.

  8. QubicGames Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 12:02

    Hi everybody,

    The demo was alright, but I don't think a whole game could come from it. How many levels does the full game have?

    The game has 40 normal levels and 5 nightmare levels. As rufus199 said, if you like hard and challenging games you'll enjoy the full version.

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