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Jet Run City Defender - Indie app of the day

Today's indie app of the day is Jet Run: City Defender. This game is an infinite runner that tries really hard to be something different and actually succeeds a little bit.
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November 21, 2014

What is Jet Run City Defender?

Jet Run City Defender is an endless runner that features a lot of action, a more 3D look and feel, and some colorful graphics. It’s a little more action packed than your standard infinite runner and that makes it all the more challenging. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

The game immediately sets itself apart from other infinite runners thanks to its graphics and mechanics. On top of the standard infinite runner controls, there are also shooter controls so you can kill bad guys while you avoid obstacles. Thanks to some clever graphics design, the standard infinite runner control scheme (duck, jump, and dodging side to side) feels more fluid and is more enjoyable. The end result is a game that is virtually packed with action.

Underneath the unique premise is the standard infinite runner stuff. You collect medals to purchase upgrades and you can also buy them via in app purchases. There are high score leaderboards so you can compete with friends to see who can do better. Scores are based on enemies killed and distance. There are two ways of looking at this. It’s either a tired premise with a fresh coat of paint or a fresh game that relies on tired, old mechanics. Jet Run City Defender tries really hard not to be just another infinite runner but there are parts where it definitely is.

Jet Run City Defender review
Overall, the game is enjoyable if you’re a fan of infinite runners although it’s hard to imagine this game drawing all that many new fans to the genre. It is free to play, the graphics really are quite good, and the shooter mechanism adds a bit of chaos and depth that typical infinite runners lack. However, at the end of the day, it is an infinite runner through and through.