Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder Modes Explained

Super Mario Run Controls, Gameplay, Coins, World Tour, Toad Rally, and Kingdom Builder Modes Explained
Super Mario Run has three modes
World Tour plays out like classic Mario games
Toad Rally is the game’s multiplayer mode
Super Mario Run is now available to download on the iPhone, iPad, and even the iPod touch so as long as you have iOS 8.0. Android gamers will have to wait it out until next year, when Nintendo will finally release Super Mario Run on that platform. For the rest of us, here’s what you need to know to get the best out of Super Mario Run on iOS.

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Super Mario Run controls
In Super Mario Run, Mario runs from left to right automatically. Tapping the screen makes him do a small jump. Hold the screen longer, and he jumps higher. That’s all there is to it – you’ve just got to get into the flow and get the timing right.

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Super Mario Run World Tour mode gameplay shows it’s not an endless runner
Like every classic Mario game, your objective is to make it to the flagpole at the end of the level before the timer runs out. This is how the game plays in the World Tour mode — similar to classic Mario games.

Endless runners don’t have a definite end point, while Super Mario Run does, making it more of an auto runner than an endless runner. It might sound like semantics, but the difference exists and it’s an important one. Also, just because there are levels doesn’t mean there’s no replayability.
Super Mario Run coins are plentiful, and colour-coded
If you like collecting every single coin in Mario games, you’re in for a treat. Aside from the usual gold coins, each level has three sets of special coins to collect — pink, purple, and black. Collecting one full set unlocks another version of the level, with the coins hidden in places that are more difficult to reach. Since Mario runs automatically, timing is crucial to collect them all. Otherwise you’ll have to replay the level from the very beginning.

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Super Mario Run bubble system explained
Much like New Super Mario Bros on Nintendo consoles, Super Mario Run uses bubbles. These let you rewind your progress in a level as far as you’d like, allowing you to collect a coin you missed. Keep in mind that the timer does not reset. This means that if you use too many bubbles or go back too far, you might not finish a level. As for finding these bubbles? Hit the blocks with a question mark to get these power-ups.

Super Mario Run Toad Rally is Super Mario Run’s multiplayer mode
In Super Mario Run Toad Rally, your goal is to beat your opponent — which is essentially the performance data of another player – with style. What this means is, you won’t be competing in real time but against someone’s high score that’s visually represented as a character running across the screen.

This is known as asynchronous multiplayer. You won’t just be tasked with outrunning them though, there’s an audience to impress. Pull off stunts like fancy jumps and flips and toads — citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom – will join you. You can’t access this Super Mario Run mode without Rally Tickets, which can be earned by performing in-game feats such as clearing a level in World Tour mode.

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Super Mario Run Kingdom Builder
Remember the coins and toads we mentioned? You can use them in Super Mario Run Kingdom Builder mode. This mode lets you make your own Mushroom Kingdom. It resembles a world map in other Mario games. You’re limited in what you can buy, by the number of Toads that you’ve impressed. Hit the requisite number of Toads, and you can use your coins to buy different items. There’s little in way of gameplay, but more by way of bragging rights, with cosmetic items such as green pipes, flags, and question mark boxes among others, to decorate your kingdom with.

Super Mario Run’s three modes don’t appear to be that disparate, unified by a common currency system and interlocking elements that could ensure you don’t stick to one specific mode alone. It will be interesting to see how Nintendo doles out Rally Tickets or modifies mechanics to earn more Toads in the weeks to come.

Are you playing Super Mario Run on iOS? Or are you waiting for it on Android? Let us know via the comments.

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BlueStacks Now Lets You Stream Your Android Gameplay to Twitch

BlueStacks Now Lets You Stream Your Android Gameplay to Twitch

BlueStacks on Friday announced it is integrating live streaming service Twitch into the Bluestacks App Player to allow users to more conveniently stream mobile games. The integration enables a user to stream gameplay from mobile games on their PC with a single click. This also makes it easier for people to watch streaming content.

BlueStacks is a popular emulator app that allows users to run Android – and its apps – on a desktop platform such as Windows. Not long ago it was updated to version 2.0 on Windows to add multi-window support. The company is now addressing users’ Twitch streaming capability.

Game developers can utilise this feature as well without having to put in much effort. “We’ve been approached to put an SDK in our games, but that’s bandwidth we don’t have. We’d rather focus on our games. The fact that millions of people can stream Castle Clash to Twitch without us doing anything is massive,” said Mark Zhang, the senior vice president at IGG, the developer of the popular Castle Clash title.

“The simpler streaming becomes and the more games that are easy to stream, the better for the whole ecosystem,” said top Hearthstone streamer Aleksandr “Kolento” Malsh in a statement. “If I’m going to stream mobile games, I don’t want to change my PC setup. This lets people keep everything the same.”

“This was a natural combination,” said BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma in a statement. “BlueStacks has mobile equivalents of the most popular games on the Twitch platform — midcore [role-playing] titles especially. It used to be hard to stream a mobile game. It involved multiple devices: a tablet, a webcam, and wires. We’ve cut all of that out. From a PC, it’s easy to stream. It’s why Twitch has become so popular so fast.”

The company also announced that its app has been downloaded over 130 million times, up from 109 million times as of December last year. The update comes four months after BlueStacks got updated on Windows to v2.0. The update brought along a range of features including the ability to run multiple Android apps simultaneously.

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Hitman Beta Has Good Gameplay but Poor Performance

Hitman Beta Has Good Gameplay but Poor Performance

We are on a boat. Well, a training mission that takes place on a set, akin to how TV shows are recorded, complete with a luxury yacht if we’re to be precise. There’s a party onboard featuring the wheelers and dealers of the art world.

Dressed up as one of the many waiters on the ship, we overhear conversations about how texting is a new fad, and how the host of the soirée, Kalvin Ritter, is setting himself up for one last heist as an art thief. It’s up to us to ensure those plans never reach fruition. While it’s far too late to stop sending messages via phones from catching on, we can definitely do something about Mr. Ritter.

Quietly blending in with the hired help, we make our way to his private quarters, set up a remote explosive under his desk, and vault out through a window. Moments later he shows up. As we walk down the ramp of the yacht, a discernible clicking sound is heard followed by a massive explosion that rocks the boat back and forth.

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In this simple training mission, the Hitman beta is steeped with detail. There are several people going around, doing their own thing, tons of conversations to overhear, and a sense of life that make its opening sections a treat. The same sense of immersion is extended in the second mission. Much like the first, this one too takes place on a set. This time it’s a replica of a Soviet base in Cuba. Our target is a chess genius turned spy for the USSR, Jasper Knight.

After clumsily choking a guard, we snagged his uniform and made our way through the gates, avoiding other soldiers as they could have recognised us. Snaking past a few outhouses and crates, we hear a conversation between two mechanics that presented an amusing assassination opportunity. Knight has plans to escape via fighter jet and the safety protocols need to be tested. We found an isolated mechanic and rendered him unconscious. Donning his uniform we proceeded to the aircraft and indulged in the necessary sabotage. The result of which has us walking away unscathed from screams and explosions, much like the first mission.

If discretion isn’t your forte, you can turn each level of Hitman into a playground of destruction. This does impact your score and makes killing your primary target a tad more difficult too, so it’s not always advisable. Besides, there are plenty of ways to silently get your kills. Replaying through the initial stage, we found rat medicine that we slipped into the drink of our target, poisoning and killing him instantly. These are just a few of the ways in you can approach your encounters, with a wide range of methods to discover. In the beta missions, Hitman provides a wealth of options above and beyond the usual, straightforward bullet-to-the-head route that other games revel in.

jasper_knight_hitman_beta_square_enix.jpgBut the Hitman beta isn’t without its issues. It could barely keep a stable frame rate, was subject to more stuttering than Shah Rukh Khan in a 1990s Bollywood movie, and there was some awful screen tearing that saw recently deceased bodies turning into a part of the furniture and walls. Other users have even reported it crashing, forcing users to restart the game. Keep in mind that this was on the PS4 version.

In our previous impressions of the game, developer IO Interactive claimed that compared to the 30 to 40 non-playable characters (NPCs) you could interact with in Hitman: Absolution, there are 300 NPCs in this game. What’s more, your actions in the game affect those around you and they react accordingly. This doesn’t exactly bode well for the console versions considering how poorly the beta performed with an NPC count that’s drastically lower than the 300-odd we’d expect in the games main missions.

With a beta on Windows PCs at the end of the week, it will be interesting to see if there’s any perceptible difference in performance. Hitman possesses responsive controls and slick, refined gameplay that keeps you thinking and improvising. But is it enough to keep your mind off some nagging technical concerns? Hopefully this is an instance where the beta isn’t representative of the final product. Nonetheless we’ll know when this episodic take on the series releases on March 11, featuring its prologue and Paris missions.