Remember a little while ago when the makers of Temple Run teamed up with Pixar to make Temple Run Brave? Now imagine that Pixar themselves had gone ahead and made their own endless running game, and it might look a little something like Agent Dash from Full Fat games. It’s a game that’s chock full of humor and style, with artwork that looks like it came straight from an animated film, but Agent Dash has very little to offer in actual substance. So actually, it kind of feels like something that would come from Dreamworks, and not Pixar.
In Agent Dash, you play as the super-swaggering, tuxedo-wearing secret agent who fights against his mysterious enemies, all in the name of Queen and country. You’ll run through mammoth jungles, cities, and the enemy’s own bases while dodging acid lakes, lasers, crumbling buildings, ice-cream trucks and endless pits of doom.
All of the usual trappings of the Temple Run style of gameplay are here: You run, run, run through an endless series of environments, dodging danger, and gathering crystals which can be used to purchase upgrades. These include things like jetpacks that zip you around the levels, or magnets that grab every crystal around you for a period of time.
Definitely should’ve packed some vacation clothes.
You can even buy different costumes for Dash or purchase other characters whose likeness and names all seem like they were ripped out of an Austin Powers movie. Try not to giggle as you play as a female character named Agent Goodtug, wearing a 60′s era catsuit.
As is par for the course with these games, you can spend real-world money to purchase more crystals if you really feel the need to. The upgrades and costumes are expensive, and you don’t get that many crystals while playing, so if you don’t want to spend actual money then you’ll be grinding and dying quite a bit. And since the game is very tough, you’ll be dying a lot.
The controls are typical: You swipe left and right to move, up to jump and down to slide. There are certain points in the game where you have to use your guns to blow up the the enemies base, and you do this by tapping on the screen, but there is no targeting to speak of. You simply tap on the screen and the game does the rest for you.
Danger, spirits ahead.
Since Agent Dash is free, and is a reasonably well-crafted piece of entertainment, you’ll probably want to give it a download. There’s a lot to like here. But be warned: Agent Dash is kind of a wasted chance to do something novel.
Full Fat picked a genre that’s ripe with opportunity for innovation and could have gone crazy with the concept. The secret-agent sandbox is full of nifty and illogical gadgets, death-defying and mind-boggling traps, larger than life scenarios, and scene-chewing villains. Agent Dash pretty much gives us none of this.
When we initially started the game, we thought we were in for something that might turn the Temple Run formula on its head with the almost limitless possibilities at its disposal. When what we ended up with was basically just more of the same, it was a really deflating and ultimately tedious experience. Honestly, an Aston-Martin, a shark pit and a laser-watch would have put a huge smile on our faces.
It’s obvious that Full Fat put a lot of thought into the look and groove of the game. It looks and sounds fantastic, with gorgeous graphics and some really sly animations that put you in that super-spy kind of mood. But there’s really nothing here that advances the genre. With Agent Dash, you definitely feel like you’ve taken this mission before.