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Super Mario Run's finally on the iPhone: Here's how to playWhat you need to know about Mario's first phone game.
Super Mario Run brings a little Italian guy to your iPhone. So what should you expect? Is it worth $10? Here do we go! Just know that it doesn't work without the internet, in a subway or on a plane, Super Mario Run will not load. It needs a connection. For many that's gonna be a deal breaker. It's also one but Mario. Each level is about jumping and timing runs. Instead of using the virtual game control around screen. For many things you don't need to do anything, Mario will auto run and jumps small obstacles. Levels can be easy enough for a three year old. But the real challenge is getting coins and building high scores. It ramps up fast as the game goes on. So you can challenge other people to 60 seconds square runs In a mode called rally. Each rally costs one ticket, but gets earned by meeting weekly achievements. Win the rally and you can earn coins and toad followers. You use both to unlock and buy little things for your growing mushroom kingdom, a little toad house A decorative mushroom. For free, you just get three levels to play plus the toad rally runs and the kingdom building extras. But you're going to want to pay $10 for the whole package because that's the only way you're going to get the rest of the 24 levels. There's a lot of virtual Mario currency going on in Super Mario Run. You don't need to pay extra for it but you get extra tickets for toad rally challenges which you'll need to grab coins And toad and keep on locking things. Now think of them as extras, not the main event. Each level is hard to master, too. Grabbing five pink, purple or black points takes work and timing. Also, master the moods. Here's some tip Be patient. Every once in a while, you'll find a pause block which lets you stop and think strategy. Double tapping and long tapping increase your jumps, which you'll need. Some levels play like giant puzzles, so get used to wall jumps too. Earning extra coins to unlock playable characters like Peach and Yoshi takes time and I haven't uncovered all the secrets. If you're a Nintendo fan that loves Mario though, this little slice of the mushroom kingdom looks like the real deal.