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Review: Snowden Run 3D

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Earlier today, I wrote about Snowden Run 3D, a survival runner starring Edward Snowden, an American former CIA and NSA operative who blew the whistle on American and British mass surveillance operations and was forced into life on the run. He’s currently living in a hotel room at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport in Russia.

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The game was developed by Mike The Spike, a Belgian actor/director and computer scientist who is very emphatic that he does not condone the actions of Edward Snowden. This is fair enough I suppose, as nobody wants to become an enemy of the American government. We all know how that scenario plays out; and it’s not pretty.

The first thing I learn about Snowden Run 3D is that the soundtrack features Immortal Technique. This pleases me immensely, because man oh man can that guy write an intellectual rhyme and deliver it like no other:

“I know too much, the government is trying to murder me/

No coming back like cutting your wrists open vertically/

How could the serpent be purposely put in charge of the country/

Genetic engineered sickness spread amongst me/

My people are so hungry that they attack without reason/

Like a ******* dog ripping off the hand that feeds him/

Immortal Technique is treason to the Patriot Act/

So come and get me mother ****** cause I'm not coming back”

Oh.

Em.

Gee.

That lyrical genius. That relevance to the life of Edward Snowden (well, the first line in particular I guess).

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The second thing I learn is that this game is hard. I don’t know if I’m just terrible at indie games, because I seem to find that a lot, but the fact remains as such.  Snowden Run 3D uses the arrow keys to steer your little man around each level. Running through the NSA Headquarters to grab as many flash drives containing covert information as I possibly can; all the while avoiding a million barriers designed to hinder my progress is a rather tricky operation. This isn’t helped by the fact that Agent Jake is constantly on my tail; waiting to capture me and take me to Guantanamo Bay where I will clean toilets for the rest of my days.

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The game is a bit buggy. For example, there was a point in the first level where I found my Snowden model running upside down. Sometimes he seemed to catch a severe case of anorexia nervosa and became as thin as the thinnest piece of paper. In the developer’s defence, the game was developed as part of a time-limited game design challenge and it was made in just less than 30 hours. It’s understandable that there are a few glitches to iron out and to be honest I didn’t find that these occurrences made my game play experience less fun in anyway.

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And fun it is. I found myself obsessing my way through the levels of Snowden Run 3D, because it is actually rather enjoyable. In fact, it reminded me somewhat of the old Adventure Island game in a way (I assume that at least some of you will be old enough know the game I am referring to,  because it does come from way-back-when games came on cartridges and whatnot).

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You should consider giving this game a try, because if anything, it is an amusing way to pass time on this fine Tuesday while you are at work.

Download Snowden Run 3D for free here.

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