Published on June 24th, 2016 | by Patrick Garde0
Dunk’N Dash: White House Run Review
On the run up to the presidential elections up in America, it’s no surprise that media would take a look at them in an entertaining and satirical sense. That right there is exactly what you have here, with the 4 major candidates for the presidency showing up in Dunk’N Dash: White House Run for iOS and Android from Miles Metal Media.
The gist of the iPhone game goes like this: you play an ape, one with an exuberating amount of wealth, and all 4 potential candidates want one of your 3 votes that you have. It is about as far as the story goes in this one.
What you’ll be doing in this iPad game is tilting your device to move Mr Ape, to avoid the presidential candidates for as long as you possibly can. Dunk’N Dash: White House Run makes use of the iPhone’s accelerometer, hence, the reason for the slightly interesting control scheme for this one. After a while, you’re bound to get caught by one of them, and you will be treated to a satirical animation, which will relate to them in one way or another. If you last long enough, however, you will get the chance to play a quick and short mini-game, where you try and hit a moving target to dunk that person into a dunking booth.
When it comes to the controls, it’s not too bad. It is considerably more difficult to avoid the presidential candidates via this control scheme, rather than using a virtual joystick, which would make things easier. I feel the control scheme is designed to make things difficult for the player as it encourages poor design choices and artificial difficulty.
The stance that Dunk’N Dash: White House Run is taking is obviously a satirical one, and I find that amusing to some degree. Satire is always a good way of taking something that’s innately serious, and making it amusing and enjoyable to a wider audience for completely different reasons than it normally is.
One issue with this Android game is it throws you right into the mix of things; without explaining anything. In the beginning, I thought the candidates were running away from me, rather than them chasing after me.
The levels are designed in such a way that the background is one solid color, and then the walls are a slightly changed color to that. All in all, it may not look pretty. The little satirical depictions of the candidates are fairly amusing.
The animations themselves have the whole satirical vibe down, but the execution isn’t exactly what I would call the best.
Overall, you will still enjoy Dunk’N Dash: White House Run even though it’s a low budget one and does not have the production value of bigger titles. If you like satire, then this game will likely appeal to you. It may be confusing at first figuring out what to do and the visuals may not be good either. Nevertheless, for just $0.99, it’s worth a shot if you want to poke fun at Donald Trump.
Summary: Dunk’N Dash: White House Run was developed with low budget and it shows. It doesn’t take away the fact that the game can still be fun to play especially it revolves around one of the most, if not the most, controversial Presidential races in history. Give a good old satirical fun game a shot.