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45 Great Games Like They Always Run

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to They Always Run and have found the following:

They Always Run is a pursuit game where you run, jump, fight and shoot your way to catch escapees. You play Aiden, a three-armed hero chasing the most dangerous bounties in the galaxy. You catch, slice, dice and destroy enemies while working through the side-on futuristic world. But unlike other games you directly control your attack with motion of the mouse of gesture with a stick.

Unfortunately, They Always Run is not available on Android, Mac or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/10/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1

Genres: Platform, Shooting (Action, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer)

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Alawar Team (@AlawarTeam)

Costs: Purchase cost

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3 Board Game Alternatives to They Always Run

These are our hand-picked alternatives to They Always Run. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

16 Video Games Like They Always Run Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to They Always Run. This includes games from the Fighting, Narrative, Action, Shooting, Platform and Traversal genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

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