The official app of the latest father-and-son cinematic showing of the currently omnipresent Will and Jaden Smith, After Earth is an endless runner in the tradition of Temple Run, but with an M. Night Shyamalan twist…
Following an in-flight experience almost as bad as travelling on RyanAir, the Fresh Prince and son end up crash-landed on an utterly inhospitable world where “everything has evolved to kill human beings”. Armed only with a pretty swish looking sword and a futuristic onesie, it’s time to run for your life, climb, fly, swing, jump and duck to escape some evil obstacles and, unusually for an app of this ilk, stop to carve up a few on your way, never succumbing to fear as you make your way to safety across this mankind-mauling world that just happens to be Earth… wait, was that the twist? Have I ruined it?
Actually, that’s not the twist, it’s too Planet of the Apesy; plus Will Smith blows it in the trailer and the producers probably would have noticed such a slip. And there’s no actual twist in the app either, as what we have here is a nice combination of leg- and sword-work across 20 missions in Story mode and free-roaming in Infinite, controlled via a combination of simple screen swiping and your gadget’s gyro, offering an array of enemies to engage, achievements to attain, and an assortment of coins to collect and other onesies to augment your abilities and furnish the game with a different feel.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Combining good gameplay with sharp, detailed graphics and an awful lot of action, After Earth could become a classic app… if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s riddled with issues making bits of it almost unplayable. Suffering lag and a lack of sensitivity on both the swipe and accelerometer fronts, making your own mistiming mistakes is one thing, but having them made for you when you’ve done the deed correctly is an entirely different, frustrating other one. Of course these things can be fixed, but until Reliance’s team beat out the bugs this is an app where, in keeping with the movie, everything seems evolved to kill off your character.
Current version: 1.0.1
Requires Android 2.2 and up