Published on January 11th, 2016 | by Craig Forshey


Trigger Runners Is A Gorgeous Homage To Mega Man X

While aimlessly perusing the digital abyss that is the Google Play Store this weekend as I tend to do from time to time I came across a fantastic homage to the 16-bit era called Trigger Runners that has apparently only been covered in Spanish language media since it launched part way through 2015. This retro style gem from developer Efren Studios attempts to infuse the spirit of Mega Man X into the auto-runner mold with great success as aside from looking the part its classic sidescrolling jump ‘n shoot gameplay will feel right at home with anyone who grew up playing a Super Nintendo. The original Mega Man X is literally my most favorite game of all time, so needless to say this was a welcome discovery.


In Trigger Runners players take control of a mysterious lone gunman as he sets out on a lead fueled quest to stop an evil mastermind from draining the planet of its precious natural resources. It won’t be easy however as an army of robotic minions has been dispatched to thwart his endeavors and what’s worse is they’ve brought monstrous screen filling bosses along for the ride. The gameplay in Trigger Runners is fashioned after traditional platform shooters where players must make plenty of well timed jumps and blast anything that moves if they want to make it to the next level in one piece. Players are able to direct their gunfire anywhere on screen which presents an interesting give and take when compared to its auto-running mechanics.

Trigger Runners is available on Google Play for about a buck with a free trial version available as well.

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  • androsje

    This game came out right after I stopped using Android, it’s a shame, I’d like to play it, but I’m a Windows Phone user.

    • Joseph Sanz

      is also on steam for the same price 🙂

      • androsje

        Yeah, I bought it when it was released on Steam. The developer is a cool guy, that was one of the reasons why I decided to buy the game.

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