Y'know, one of these days the Earth-shattering apocalypse is going to start in the east. And then, boy howdy, all those left-averse building-leaping parkour free-runners are going to feel pretty foolish when they take off in the wrong direction. But the jetpack-wearing weapon-wielding dinosaur star of John Cooney and Jimp's new jump and run and gun action platformer knows that in the world of casual gaming, it's usually a good idea to Run Right.
Starting on the west coast of America and heading east, the goal is to run your dino through a variety of major metropolitan areas. Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to move your character, jumping to avoid spikes, meteors and pits. Holding [W] or [up] will fire up your jetpack, allowing for a little more air time. Question Mark circles will trigger a random consequence spun at the bottom of the screen. There are humans trying to run right alongside you. While they'll prove no obstacle for your dino feet, blasting them with a weapon by aiming and clicking with the mouse will explode them into a mass of coins. Collect them to purchase upgrades between levels, including speed-boosting vehicles, extra rocket fuel, and the most important upgrade of all: the jaunty top hat.
While definitely an innovator, Jmtb02 is also a master of casual gaming remixes, taking familiar premises and putting his unique spin on the concept. Run Right is no different. In some ways, it is a refined combination of the frenetic fun of both Canabalt and jmtb02's own Treadmillasaurus Rex. However, along with the always-welcome chance to squish a few puny humans, Run Right gives a palpable sense of progress that many games of its ilk lack. Ticking off each city as you travel from coast to coast makes for a minimal, but satisfying narrative arc. It would have been nice if the different cities were a little more distinct: After all, one should never miss an opportunity to depict a Triceratops chomping on the St. Louis Arch. Jimp's art is amazing, as always, though its cartoonish qualities highlight the wackier elements in a way that could be misconstrued as pandering to random internet humor. Dinosaurs may not be as overdone as zombies, pirates, ninjas and kitties, but the minute they jump on a penny-farthing bicycle, you have to figure someone's already selling that t-shirt. Kidding aside, Run Right is a solid running game with tight controls and charm aplenty. Run right to it, right now!