Mad Chad Review

Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has a pet pigeon. When he comes home to an empty cage and finds a note that says, ‘I got yo bird. XOXO Thug,’ Chad gets mad. The chase is on.

Made in the non-stop running style of Canabalt, Mad Chad is a game we’ve played a dozen times before. The unique thing about it, however, is that the levels are set all over the globe, from the beaches of Florida to the top of the Great Wall of China.

And as the environments change, so do the enemies. You’ll encounter gangsters in Miami, luchadors in Mexico, and farmers in Omaha. Stereotypical? Definitely. As different as the enemies look, they all act more or less the same. They come at you, and you either have to jump over them, slide under them, or tap them to make them disappear.

Travel the world to save your beloved pet.

Tapping enemies also produces gold coins, which you can grab to raise your score. Silver coins are scattered generously throughout the levels as well, but grabbing them is no simple task, as more and more enemies are thrown at you the further in the game you get. For extra challenge, you can try to snap up all the gold coins in each level to earn ribbons.

Between levels, you’re given random facts about the location you’re running through. You’ll learn where Steven Spielberg was born, when Miami was founded, and how many dimples are on a golf ball. Who says games aren’t educational?

And that’s about it. It’s a simple game that doesn’t take long to complete, but it’s fun while it lasts. And you don’t even have to be a Bengals fan to enjoy it.

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