Geki Yaba Runner
Switch version tested
Remember those gnomes who ate underpants in South Park? Well, it appears they’re not the only little people with human clothes fetishes, because if Geki Yaba Runner is anything to go by, they love socks too.
We picked this one up as Qubic’s awesome free-games for everyone initiative, and although the cover art looked fun, we didn’t exactly have high hopes for it. The selection from Qubic this Christmas has been a bit of a mixed bag, but to be fair to them, some of the freebies have been genuinely good fun and we’re pleased to say Geki Yaba Runner is one of them.
The premise of the game is very simple. You run, glide and smash your way across the landscape collecting socks and avoiding certain death. Repeat this for around 80 levels and you will help the gnomes fulfil their destiny and restore order to the kingdom of odd-socks – we made that bit up. If your chosen gnome touches a wall, or basically any kind of local foliage, he will explode. If you glide (using your underpants) too far he will plummet to his death. If you do this too often you will throw your Switch out of the window.
Geki Yaba Runner is really fun, but it is also really frustrating. It’s one of those horrible little gems of a game where you keep turning off your Switch after you die, but then decide to give it one last go – once the chest pains have worn off at least. It would probably have worked excellently as a mobile app, but is just as great on the Switch.
The game is also lots of fun to look at. The cartoon drawings and vibrant landscapes are all very appealing, as is the vague plot that pokes its head above ground occasionally between levels. You don’t need to watch any of this for the game to make sense, but they’re nice and funny so why not give them a quick peek?
The game was free to us, but Qubic games are always cheap as chips and for something as fun and addictive as Geki Yaba Runner it’s worth every penny. You’ll not be hard-pressed to find a better 2D platformer on the Switch, but let’s be honest, no one is asking for hours of immersion in a bold and drawn out saga here, nope, this is the kind of game you play on the toilet or shove in front of the kids to shut them up at dinner, and as far as the play-on-the-toilet-or-keep-your-annoying-trolls-quiet-perhaps-while-you-go-to-the-toilet-for-some-peace genre, there’s not much better than this. If you disagree, well, you can eat my socks.
TBG Score: 7/10
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 31/05/2019
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Other, Platformer, Arcade
Publisher: Qubic Games
Download link: eShop