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Thursday, 9 January 2014

A-Kart Paperboy - Endless Runner, Driver and Pilot!

From a talented game developer Flavien who publishes under the name JUST4FUN comes another addition to the endless runner game genre. In this game you drive a little race kart that can fly as well, which makes A-Kart Paperboy a two-and-a-little-bit dimensional game.

The game purpose is quite simple - get as far as you can! The race track is endless and there are no other racers. Your enemies are different obstacles, rocks, cliffs and ... cats. While trying to avoid all of them, you are supposed to deliver newspaper to designated targets. To make the game more interesting, you can gather coins to buy upgrades that make you go further. There are also different missions to fulfill.

Every upgrade changes the visuals of the kart or the driver. Flavien is a real enthusiast who also makes his own graphics assets and publishes tutorials about AndEngine and drawing cartoon graphics. The graphics are very detailed and the game includes several different worlds with different themes.

The game also includes couple of clever new ideas. A system of warning stickers will help you on the way to avoid falling into the water, hitting a wall or running over a cat. You can use coins not only to buy upgrades, but also to buy boosters that will help you with missions or if you can't accomplish the mission but you were trying really hard, you can buy your way out and skip it. I wish I had this option in Temple Run 2!

The game is fun and has that "one more try" kind of effect. Even if you get frustrated, you will come back and try again, just to see what else the game has to offer. Controlling the game is very easy - it needs just a few swipe gestures. It feels more relaxing than other endless runners while keeping a good pace.


Flavien did a great job as usual and made a well polished game. It's hard to believe that he made the game and all the graphics himself. The game is free - supported with ads and exists in a no-add paid version, too.

Get the free version from Google Play store, or support the developer by purchasing the paid version.

If you are interested in how to draw cartoon graphics like this, check Flavien's tutorial Graphics Made Simple.

Martin Varga is a Czech software developer who likes pygmy owls (hence Kulíš), running, ramen, travelling and living in foreign countries. He is also known as smartus or sm4 on the internet (read as smartass, but there are too many of them). He currently tries to make games in AndEngine like Mr. Dandelion's Adventures and hangs around a lot at the AndEngine forums.