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High-speed MechRunner action coming to Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Vita this Summer

Spark Plug Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for MechRunner, a high-octane endless action game that casts you as a powerful mode-changing mech. You will blast your way through decimated urban landscapes at incredible speeds while switching between #robot and #tank modes to rain punishment on endless waves of mechanical foes. MechRunner will launch this summer on #Steam (Windows/Mac/Linux),  Playstation® 4, and Playstation® Vita.

MechRunner coming to Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Vita

MechRunner Kickstarter storyline and gameplay

The Story

On June 30th, 1908 a mysterious explosion took place over the Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia that wiped out trees and wildlife for over 800 square miles. To this day it remains the largest “impact event” in our planet’s recorded history.

In the mid-1940s however, a team of scientists from the Russian secret service visiting the site stumbled upon the wreckage of an alien spacecraft containing technology that far exceeded our own. In the years that followed, the KGB set to work harnessing this mysterious new power source and created a new secret weapons program – The Division of Advanced Weaponry or “O.S.O.”

The man in charge of the O.S.O., General Yuri Petrakoff, seemed particularly affected and on April 14th, 1949, Petrakoff launched a full scale assault on Europe. One of Petrakoff’s lead engineers, Jesper Teterev, went AWOL and left the program early, wary of what was happening there. He went to live in secret with his sister, Isabel and niece, Allison. While in hiding however, Jesper (with the help of budding engineer and pilot, Allison) was busy building his own mechanized war machine, called the XP-41, certain it may be needed one day to stave off the O.S.O.’s evil creations. Jesper was right.

Mechrunner characters Jesper, Allison, and Gen. Petrakoff
Jesper, Allison, and Gen. Petrakoff
The Mechrunner game mech XP-41
The XP-41


MechRunner is an endless-style action game mixed with fast and furious mode-changing mech action! And it is very much a “runner”, the player is constantly moving forward while tracking down lethal O.S.O. forces but what makes it special is that you’re piloting a giant robot capable of some serious destruction! Other endless runners feature action elements, but none like this. Heat seeking missiles, heavy caliber bullets, laser cannons, and concussion bombs meet destructible buildings, debris littered streets, and tons of slice-able enemies to create a fast paced, visually stunning experience!

Mechrunner game screenshot


  • Meticulously detailed, fast-paced action
  • Switch between Tank and Robot modes on the fly
  • Slice & Dice enemy units with your swords
  • Extensive arsenal of weapons, customizations, and power-ups
  • Unique environments that blend seamlessly together
  • Procedurally generated levels for endless variety
  • Numerous enemy types with different tactics
  • Epic boss battles!
  • Dynamic environment obstacles
  • Unlockable skins, upgrades, and achievements
  • Rescue civilians for extra points and rewards
  • Amazing Hollywood quality soundtrack
  • Optional controls – play with a mouse or controller
Mechrunner A few of the weapon upgrades that are available

MechRunner has been in development for a little over a year now and Spark Plug are finally able to present it to the world! The game is feature complete, fully playable, and in its final stages before launch in July 2014.  They could stick a bow on it and kick it out the door, but love it too much. It deserves a strong finish, so they want YOUR support with all of the polish and TLC into the game before launch.

The game’s mechanics are all in place, but Spark Plug want to put those final touches on it, details gamers want and deserve. So where will the money go? We want to:

  • Add more polish to our boss battles and levels
  • Weave more of the story elements into the game.
  • Hire professional voice actors for in-game dialogue.
  • Add more sound effects and music
  • Bug test (QA)
  • Optimize for all platforms
  • Market the game upon release

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