Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Will Hagle
HelloRun is a well-designed, easy-to-play and addicting video game that can be accessed from any browser that supports HTML5.
HelloRun is one of the few sites taking full advantage of HTML5’s design capabilities. It’s a game with simple mechanics (press the arrow keys to go up or down, shift to accelerate) and an awesome design and soundtrack. The game takes place in some sort of futuristic indoor facility that you’re flying through from a first-person POV. There are occasionally shields in your way, and you have to navigate around them by moving either up or down. This sounds like it would be easy, but it’s not. I was really bad at the game on my first few tries, but I was determined to keep playing so that I could discover more of this beautifully-designed world that those behind HelloRun have built within a webpage. It’s more about the experience navigating this area than actually getting a high score (which I’m only saying because my high score is embarrassingly low 😉 ).
The site features a pounding electro soundtrack courtesy of Du Tonic that truly makes you feel like you’re in some sort of futuristic space module. Since I was so bad at the game, my first few tries I barely got to the point of the song when the kick-drums kick in and things really get going. For a while, I didn’t even know that there was a vocalist. When the vocals come in, that’s when the song gets even better. The music is enjoyable enough that you’ll want to keep trying to raise your score just to hear more. The lights change and flash along with the beat of the music, truly adding to the game’s enjoyment. HelloRun truly demonstrates the power of HTML5 and its potential to drastically change the way video games are experienced online. A few years ago, and a game of this scope would have to be purchased and loaded onto a desktop PC. Now it’s easily available for free, and playable simply by typing in a web address. That’s awesome. Or maybe it’s just HelloRun that’s so awesome.