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90
Electric Playground (Apr 02, 1997)
Ahhh, now this game hits the spot. Grid Runner is a super cool sci-fi update on the maze game craze that was so popular in the early and mid eighties. It features tons of imaginative levels, tenacious enemies, devastating weapons and nifty magical abilities. The visuals are crisp, the control is perfect, the music is appropriate techno bop, and the game itself is extremely addictive. In this era of way too many fighters, racers and first person corridor shooters, Grid Runner is a welcome breath of fresh air.
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GameSpot (Dec 01, 1996)
Graphically speaking, Grid Runner represents a considerable leap from the 2-D rendered BomberMan, and the 3-D mazes and animations evoke memories of long nights spent kicking bombs in front of the SNES. In terms of play, there's nothing terribly innovative here. In fact, people who were hooked on the cute dementia of BomberMan might not find everything they're looking for in this game. But don't be mistaken, Grid Runner is an addictive dash around the Playstation.
72
Mega Fun (Nov, 1996)
Endlich mal wieder eine halbwegs originelle Mischung aus Action und Strategie. Ich habe das Gefühl, daß Fans dieser Spielegattung auf der PlayStation etwas vernachlässigt sind. Umso erfreulicher, daß Grid Run das simple Gameplay mit einer netten Aufmachung zu kombinieren weiß. Die Grafiken sind nämlich sehr farbenfroh mit teilweise spacigen Hintergründen, und die schrille Musik paßt auch gut zur hektischen Flaggen-Jagd. Zwar hält die Motivation bei Grid Run gegen den Computer nicht bis in alle Ewigkeit, doch dafür steht noch der Splitscreen für einen Kumpel zur Verfügung. Dann ist das Chaos perfekt, und die Zweikämpfe können (vor allem bei reizbaren Gegnern) ungemein spaßig und herausfordernd sein. Außerdem lassen sich hier alle Szenarien anwählen und ein Handicap einstellen. So kann ich Grid Run allen empfehlen, die auf den kleinen Action-Strategie-Mix für Zwischendurch stehen.
70
If you enjoy PSX party games such as Worms then I would advise you to pick up a copy of Grid Run. The game is simple to pick up and easy to understand. It also has the same two player catch that keeps players going back for more, which is present in most games that include a Deathmatch mode.
60
IGN (Feb 10, 1997)
Each successive level becomes more and more complex, with teleports, gaps, and other hazards getting in your way. Maneuvering around these barriers can sometimes be a little tricky, as the control tends to "stick" on the corners. However, with a little practice, you'll soon get the hang of it. The graphics are pretty fresh, in a cartoony-sprite way. Some of the levels are set against planetary scenery, although the monsters don't look like much while you're actually playing. While the one-player game may drag after five or six levels, the two-player game can be a lot of fun. It's no Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, but it does offer an interesting diversion from the usual staple of games.
53
NowGamer (Jun 01, 1997)
Grid Run is good fun to start with as you traipse through the levels kicking monster butt, but after a while it starts to get very, very boring, and the tone isn’t lifted much by a mundane soundtrack that not even Dale Winton would shake his oversized M&S pants to! So who would buy something like this? Fools? Masochists? Or simply some lost soul in search of a decent multi-player game? Grid Run does indeed boast multiplayer capabilities if you link two PlayStations up with two people playing on each. But not even that can disguise the fact that this game is, when all else is said and done, poop.
39
Video Games (Nov, 1996)
Gleich vorweg gesagt, das schönste an Grid Run ist das minutenlange Render-Intro zu Beginn. Weitere Höhepunkte, sei es spielerisch oder grafisch, müssen leider mit der Lupe gesucht werden. Ihr sammelt fortwährend Fähnchen auf, liefert euch zwischendurch mit skurrilen Alien-Kreaturen kleine Baller-Scharmützel und hofft, am Ende der glückliche Gewinner zu sein. Von Planet zu Planet gibt‘s bis auf komplexere Labyrinthe nicht allzuviele Unterschiede. Die Iangfristige Motivation läßt deshalb schwer zu wünschen übrig. Wer sich für einfache Spielprinzipien begeistern kann, sollte sich lieber einen Vertreter der mittlerweile reichlich vertretenen Nostalgie-Klassiker zulegen. Da weiss man, was man hat.