“Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler.”
– Albert Einstein
Maybe quoting Einstein is a bit much, but it does not get simpler than this game. Penguin Run, Cartoon, a fun little game where you tap the screen to avoid obstacles or to eat fish, bewilders you by its simplistic yet addicting gameplay.
There are plenty of Penguin Run games in the Google Play store, so make sure you search for “Penguin Run Cartoon” if you’re not using the direct link.
The game, sounds and graphics are no frills, much like Flappy Bird. Instead of the screen scrolling left to right, you maneuver your penguin up some type of frozen tube. Sharp triangle obstacles (cones), snowballs and occasionally fish slide down the sides of the tube towards your character.
The name of the game is a bit of a misnomer, as there is no running. Instead, your penguin slides on its stomach, defying gravity as it moves up the tube and jumps from one side of the screen to the other with every tap.
The objective of the game is to jump from one side to the next in order to avoid obstacles or eat fish and accumulate points. These points can then be used to get new colors for your character.
The goal of the game is simple: get as many points as you can before you hit an obstacle. That is it! The madness comes in trying to better your previous score.
Like Flappy Bird, this game keeps you coming back to it because the play is fast, challenging and fun. The whole game is you just tapping on the screen, but the mental dexterity required as obstacles start coming down on both sides is enough to keep your attention and your eyes glued to the screen.
Once you hit an obstacle, the game is over and an ad is displayed. Exit the ad and continue your quest. The only thing you are striving for is a higher score and you will do this over and over and over again!
Games like Penguin Run hack into this urge to always try to do better. Penguin Run makes this urge easy to satisfy, as the game is not very long or complex. If you hit an obstacle, press the reset button and start again.
Admittedly, the game does get a little redundant at some point. There are only so many obstacles you can avoid before your mind starts drifting a bit and you start a cycle of bare misses, with the eventuality being that you tap too soon or too late and hit a cone or snowball.
That’s OK! Just start another game.
The ease of play and addicting concept, which borrows heavily from Flappy Bird, will have you coming back for more. Simplicity, in this case, leads to a lot of wasted, I mean, self-improvement time.