Penombre – Running Endlessly Through the Dark

Endless runners have become more popular as of late, with games like Bit.Trip.Runner and the startlingly popular Temple Run both garnering significant attention. Endless runners appeal to us on a couple of different levels: For one, they tend to be difficult enough that many people can’t stop playing them in a bid to be better than friends or others on the leaderboard. For another, they have almost no barrier to entry, at least in terms of gameplay. These games do all of the running for you, and all you have to do is make the appropriate button presses at the appropriate times to make sure you don’t crash or get caught (whatever the game decides equals death). They’re incredibly, deceptively simple, and it is that simplicity that makes them so difficult, as Empty Flask Games, developers of the new game Pénombre know.


Pénombre is an endless runner set in a world reminiscent of Limbo, where you have to keep Umbra, a young witch, from careening to her death in the dangerous world of Pénombre. Luckily, she has a trick up her sleeve: magic spells. Umbra can wield her witchcraft to help protect her from the various dangers of Pénombre, which is especially important when every hit she takes makes it harder to see.

Instead of one randomly generated level, there are seven worlds to traverse as the intrepid witch, along with more than fifty quests to complete. You can pick it up on any iOS or Android device for just 99 cents (USD), and you can find out more about both Pénombre and Empty Flask Games here.

A nerd of elephantine proportions (both figuratively and literally), Connor also writes for Pxlbyte, and has recently come to realize that he is, in actuality, really bad at video games. So he writes about them instead.