Sawbuck Gamer is our daily review of a free or cheap game ($10 or less).
Heartwarming TV shows love to tell us how much better life is when shared with others—how, even in the face of insurmountable failure, everything is under control if you’ve got good friends by your side. The West Wing did it. Friday Night Lights did it. And the browser game Alpaca Run does it. Oh, you’ve never heard of Alpaca Run? Let me tell you about Alpaca Run.
It tells, through a combination of play and song, the story of Ingrid the transcontinental alpaca as she does what transcontinental alpacas apparently do: run forever, from left to right, coast to coast, with her best friend (who sings a song about it). Through the amazing power of friendship, Ingrid cannot fail or die. She is unerring in her goal of crossing the country with her best friend, and through that devotion, they travel even farther than they’d dreamed.
There is a refreshing amount of confidence to be found when you know that you can’t run out of lives or disappoint your friend. It allows you to relax. The harsh light of reality is taken away, and you’re left with a cute song about your best friend eating apples and sporting a natural hair sweater. “Ingrid can’t stop now, she’s on a roll!”