‘Super Mario Run’ first impressions: much more than run and jump


‘Super Mario Run’ will be available for iOS from 15 December . AAndroid will eventually arriving in 2017, although no definitive official date. However, since we could try the mobile game Nintendo gave the surprise in the presentation of the new iPhone in July last September.

What is free and what is not? How long does each game? Can you play against friends on the Internet? It’s fun? Is it worth buying? We try to answer these and other questions in our first impressions.

Feet, what do you want?

Calling themselves ‘Super Mario Run’ is not difficult to guess that this is a game that consists of running to get things. Yes. But it’s not all.Here are the three legs of entertainment in which the game is based:

  • The normal mode . This is where we have to manage our hero and explore the map in 60 seconds collecting coins and other objects then comment. There are six worlds with three levels each, so in total there are 18 screens.
  • The Toad Rally mode . To play online with friends or anyone else in the world via the Internet. It is to get more points and finish in less screen time than your opponent.
  • Build your kingdom . Like so many mobile games, we have a main menu that can change at will. Applied to this case, we can build our kingdom with buildings and other objects to unlock skills or facilities.These buildings and objects cost coins, and the coins are earned playing.

This is the basic skeleton on which is based the game but, of course, there ‘smore. For example, in normal mode is not letting Mario automatically run while we jump to get all the coins. Yes, the game is designed so that it can handle only using our thumb , but there is a list of moves and jumps we can do: from sliding down the ground to take a leap backwards. These movements will be required to access depending on which areas or get a currency put into a site that catches us passing.

In addition to the list of moves that have to practice, on every screen we find challenges and puzzles . The challenges may be, for example, that, apart from getting normal coins, we have to collect five coins in purple. To encourage the gameplay of each level, when we get overcome a challenge, it puts us another more difficult. Following the example of the purple coins, the second challenge will be to collect silver coins, which will appear in different places and be more difficult to achieve.

The puzzles also complicate our lives. From choosing well why door had or avoid the famous ghosts we met in ‘Super Mario Bros.’, the title of the late 80s, playing ‘Super Mario Run’ is not a purely mechanical activity, but we have to think . And when you have a clock ticking up 60 seconds (sometimes 90, depending on the level), all is not plain sailing, precisely.

Furthermore, for the tickets we need Toad Rally mode . These tickets are earned by playing in normal mode, where they are distributed in boxes at any point of each level. And the coins needed to buy things for our kingdom, are achieved based play in normal mode. As we see, everything is interconnected to encourage us to continue playing.


Can you play only with your thumb? Yes, at least in the iPhone 7 Plus with we tried it . And eye, also in the iPad Pro of almost – 13 – inch we use. In the case of the tablet, the experience becomes something strange at first, especially for the screen size, but once you get used to the experience is even a little richer because the image is razor sharp.

The big question is what this will work on Android, especially because ofthe variety of hardware on the market and the fragmentation of the operating system , but we assume that, at least in high – end devices , there will be problems. Another issue will be the mid – range and, of course, lower range.

Moreover, it is appreciated that there is some complexity within the possible moves. Mario was limited to running and jumping would have been a mistake, and a bore. However, these controls is combined with an intuitive and easy (brand Nintendo home) game, a very appropriate balance to not despair nor be too facile.

To pay or not to pay, that is the question

There are few things more than we fear when we say that a game is free-to-play . How much advertising will? How long we have to wait to play again?What benefits will have to pay something against those who do not? Well, fortunately Super Mario Run cheats‘ does not micropayments . The free version is limited to that we play all we want at all three levels of the first world. If you want to unlock the rest, Nintendo will encourage you to buy the full game, which costs 9.99 euros / dollars . If you do not have to pay anything back. You will not have to pay to get more characters or costumes, or special buildings. Everything in the game, unlock if you pay.

Of course, when we bought the Nintendo game we will give away 3,000 coins and 20 tickets for Toad Rally mode , so it will be a good boost for those who choose to pay from the beginning. Beyond this and access to all levels of the normal mode, there is no advantage or disadvantage between paid and free users.

Is it worth buying? We will discuss in our verdict, but that, to begin with, my recommendation would be to first let’s try a couple of hours in free mode to really know if we are interested or not.

Verdict and FAQ

We need to try more hours to determine if loses steam soon or, on the contrary, all these gamification techniques are effective and do not want tostop playing. However, in our first contact, ‘Super Mario Run’ has seemed a fun, casual game and engaging . It remains to be determined whether, as Nintendo promises, hold those 12 or 15 hours of play, but of course, the free version falls short and invites give the button to buy. Is it very expensive fee of 9.99 euros / dollars? That will be decided by each. It seems to me that if it had been a lower price, the success rate would have been much higher.

Frequent questions

  • Is good gaming experience for free users? Yes, the game is the same, only you can not access all available screens as normal. If you do not pay, you will have access to the first three levels of the first world. In total, there are six worlds with three levels each.
  • Really no micropayments? For real.
  • How long does each level? Normal is 60 seconds, but you can unlock facilities to reach 90 seconds. We assume that there will be levels that last longer than that, especially in the more advanced, but we could not try them .
  • Is it fun to play a level? Yes, the challenges will make you itch to play again and again.
  • Can you play with more characters other than Mario? Yes, Luigi, Peach, Yosi, Toad … Although you ‘ll have to cash them unlocked as you level up.
  • Do you use a lot of battery? We do not know yet. We need to try more time and in different situations.

Any other question? You can do it in the comments.