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Game Maker Games - RunMan's Monster Fracas
 RunMan's Monster Fracas by CoolMoose Productions
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Review by Smoofano
Overview

RunMan's Monster Fracas is yet another installment in the RunMan series, in which you must save everyone's favorite star-like creature from getting eaten by a humongous monster. If you're a late-comer who has never heard of the series, then you have two options:

1. Go in the corner and cry about it.
2. Play the games and get caught up like a normal person.

Now, one of the first things I did was go look up the word "Fracas". It is defined as "a noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel; a brawl". Doesn't that have you ready for some fun?

Graphics

RMF sticks with the graphics-style of its predecessors. While the graphics are simple, they are also original, appealing, and fit well together. Several fine touches are noticeable, including how RunMan kicks up dirt when he jumps or slides, the day to night transformation, multiple jumping animations, and a bar that shows how close the monster is to digesting you.

Sound

There is only one word for the music: interesting. Actually, the music could probably be described in many ways, but interesting covers all the bases. The music consists of a dude whistling while playing a banjo. There is no way I'd ever listen to these tunes outside of the game. Just not quite my style. However, they set the frantic-happy mood RunMan is known for quite well and manage to be entertaining in the process. If you happen to hate the banjo, though, there is a handy music toggle option.

The sound effects fit in well with the game. They are all well-chosen and well-placed. Unlike in many other games, the sounds in RMF actually add to the game, rather than taking away. If the sound effects bother you for some reason, you can also toggle the sound.

Gameplay

While the gameplay in RMF stays true to the series, it also provides a few changes. RunMan now has a reason for participating in his usual marathon: survival. If he goes too slow, he will be eaten by a hungry green monster. Instead of automatic movement, you now control the speed at which Mr. Man runs. You can also use sliding to increase your speed when going on a down-hill slope. In the previous RM games, hitting an obstacle ends your mad dash. Now, while colliding with obstacles will slow you down, helping the monster to catch up and snack on you, they no longer instantly end the game. Unless you fall into a pit, that is. RMF has a large variety of obstacles, and the random terrain makes the game experience different every time you play. The basic arrow-key controls make the game simple to play, but do not subtract from the fun in any way.

Final Thoughts

RunMan's Monster Fracas is a great addition to the RunMan series, making progress without changing too much. It is an addictive little game that has found a permanent place on my hard-drive. This is definitely a game worth checking out, even if you are not already a RunMan fan.

The Creator Wrote:
Fans of RunMan, rejoice. RunMan's Monster Fracas is an evolution of the series' gameplay, keeping a focus on finger twitching, reaction-based high-score grabbing. RunMan's being chased by a giant monster that wants to eat him, and it's up to you to run, jump, and slide away for as long as you can. Completely original music by Ryan McNeely, who plays a mean banjo, and myself, who whistles. Online high scores make the competition global.

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Overall: indifferent

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Comments (Add your own):
2008.02.09 fadohacolu
Rating: 7

This game was made prefectly, couldn't have asked for more!
2008.02.02 Jabberwock
Rating: --

The monster does move faster as time passes.

Great game, by the way. One of my favorites. Awesome music, too.
2008.02.01 phoenix0
Rating: 7

There's not much I can say, but this is a nice game. You should make the difficulty increase as the game progresses, for example, making the monster gradually move faster, or something like that.
2008.01.30 Etsamaru
Rating: 10

So Simple Yet so Fun! It is a stress free game too which I like alot!
2006.06.09 LordMetroid
Rating: 7

This was very good. However, I hated the music.
2006.04.24 Jabberwock
Rating: 9

Coolmoose's best... well, okay, second best (second to Crush, that is) game, and certainly the best runman game. I especially like sliding down huge slopes on this game. It makes me happy. I say the only improvements that could possibly be made now in the runman games would be that they actually have multiple levels or something.
2006.04.22 Jessekrs123
Rating: 8

RunMan has to be the coolest simple game ever made! Purely rich with music and even though the graphics and controls are simple, the game is fairly addicting and fun!
2006.04.10 Pie_4
Rating: 10

i got 72 points... MAN THIS GAME IS HARD! But its soooo fun!
2006.04.07 bionicle877
Rating: 8

I like it! It always is different and fun each time. It would be the best if there were objectives to do like jump up on spot that are hard to get to and get something etc. but, other than that it is apretty well rounded game
2006.02.14 Mooseyfates
Rating: 10

This is the best runman game in my opinion and one of the only games on the site worth downloading. It should not have a rating less than a 10.
2006.01.11 LegoCrazy1
Rating: 8

Great game, Its almost to addictive.
2006.01.07 Superaj721
Rating: 10

This is one of the best GM games EVER! It is very addicting and also funny!
2006.01.04 Blijbol
Rating: 7

This game is really very funny. I liked the previous RunMan games, but this is a completely new experience. Well done.
2006.01.01 thesodamachine
Rating: 8

Runman has and always will be my hero. :)
2005.12.31 Dreamcat
Rating: 10

Excellent game. I've always loved the Runman games, and this is no exception.
2005.12.30 F.S.
Rating: 7

Itīs a funny game. Yeah, thatīs the word which describes the game. Funny.
2005.12.27 jmanjman47
Rating: 7

Nice job on the game , alot of fun.
2005.12.25 The Evil Bomber
Rating: 8

You've done a good job creating this game.
Keep up the good work!
2005.12.24 Fr3ak Sh0t
Rating: --

=( I cant play it. An unexpected error occurs every time I try to play!!! oh well. Am i doing something wrong? I extract it and click on the game. I switch to a 16 or 32 bit color mode. Then it pops up with a window that says 'an unexpected error has occured. and it shuts itself down???????????????
2005.12.23 -=LG=- Raptor
Rating: 8

This was a very entertaining mini-game, everything seems to fit well together. Also, this proves that runman owns jumpman :P
2005.12.23 Desert_Games
Rating: 9

I love this game its so cute and i berely say cute i almost lol
2005.12.22 zazoostudios
Rating: 7

Very cool game. Simple and fun.
I really like the sprites!
2005.12.21 leemcd56
Rating: 7

I like it. I EXPECT MORE FROM YOU NOW (even if it means a sequal)...
2005.12.21 Quimp
Rating: --

I really dig this game. One of my most favorite mini-game. What a kicker!
2005.12.21 Pie_4
Rating: 7

This game has alot of errors and in the help menu it says sow instead of slow. Good otherwise!
2005.12.19 Optical Illusions
Rating: 7

Yes very good, one of my favorites.
I like your work, carry on!
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