September 9, 2010

Vic Mahfood

Rune Trails

COST: 99 cents
CATEGORIES: Entertainment, Games, Native, Puzzle
 ..UPDATED: 8/3/10, VERSION: 1.2 -- RATING: 3 Stars.. 

Developer Snapshot:"Rune Trails is a challenging brain teaser that will keep you coming back for more. The goal is really simple - stay alive!"

With so many games available on the App Store, you get to pick exactly the type that suits you. For instance, some games can be relaxing, others challenging, while many are addicting defying you to put them down! I find Rune Trails to be all three. In this old world, Indiana Jones styled game, you must create trails of five or more of the green path pieces to make them disappear. Well, here's the catch..every time you make a move, more runes are added to the board. So the conundrum is how can you remove the pieces quicker than newer ones that are constantly added in to the trails? The penalty for too many pieces on the board is that you lose! Don't worry though because special gem pieces will help you clean up the clutter that rapidly accumulates. Just a sampling of some of the great features of Rune Trails are as follows:

• Five different playing modes
• Global and friend leaderboards
• Social challenges and Achievements
• Beautiful graphics and sound effects
• Simple yet challenging gameplay
• Special bonus runes

The instructions screen is very helpful and well organized. Basically, place 5 or more runes (trails) together by tapping each once and then an open spot on the board where you want it to go. The right top of the screen will show the upcoming runes so you can mentally prepare for placement! Beware that when you see Freeze, that means no more tiles will be arriving for a couple turns. That's not good because the more runes in your trail, the greater your score will be. After familiarizing yourself with the game play, choose one of five game modes (Easy, Classic, Stressed, Zen or Time Boxed) depending on your mood.

You will be charmed by the sounds and graphics while playing Rune Trails as they add to the mystique and intrigue of the ancient theme. The grey/green theme is a nice touch and fits perfectly with the calming music in a true, brain-teaser iPhone puzzle game. Share your scores on the leader boards in this OpenFeint app and boast of your prowess to your friends. If Tetris and Bejeweled are some of your fave games, then this elegant and challenging app will definitely sit well on your device! Alright then, are your skills and wit quick enough to stay alive on the Runes Trails?

--OS and Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 3.0 or later. iOS 4.0 Tested. Rated 4+.
--Tip/Tutorials: For a limited time, get Rune Trails at 50% off! Rune Trails Lite is available on the App Store for Free.
--Device: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
--Languages: English
--Developer/Link: Quadion Technologies
--Twitter Link: quadionTouch
--Facebook Link: Quadion Technologies

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