Bryan Devlin wants you run, run as fast as you can in the action-packed arcade game Flood Runner 4, where a high score is only one glorious upgrade or hard-won achievement away. Use the [arrow] keys to run and jump and don't stop. There's a flood a comin', as you might have surmised from the title, and it's going to catch up with you one way or another, so you might as well put on a good show. Nab golden tokens to earn experience points that will grant you new abilities, avoid hazards like monsters, spikes, and giant t-rexes that will hurt your limited health, and land on things like banana peels or launch pads for a boost. Some enemies can be dealt with by leaping through or on them, but if you get caught in a pinch, follow the onscreen prompts quickly to lay down a beating on your foe and keep running. If Olympic training were like this, folks, we'd see a lot more ties for first place.
The Flood Runner series has come a long way since the beginning, and the team behind it has done a great job of keeping the fan-favourite simple and addictive gameplay intact while adding enough to keep it feel fresh without being cluttered. The decision to dole out abilities like the double-jump and glide based on experience does make it a bit of a grind for a high score over skill, and a bit less immediately gratifying, though this does give the game a bit more replay value so newcomers won't feel like they've seen everything in the first two minutes. Though Flood Runner 4 is as simple as it gets in terms of gameplay and objective, the amount of surprises to see and bells and whistles to set off makes this the perfect candy-coated gaming snack for players looking for something light and fun. After all, at the end of a long day don't we all want to come home, slip into something comfortable, and forget about work by being chased around by a giant hungry dinosaur until we drown?