Stupid is as stupid does: Forrest Gump is now an iOS endless runner

Gump's investment in Apple would make him a billionaire today.

Sometimes a video game movie spinoff comes along that is so left field that you you a) check to see that it’s not April Fool’s Day and b) makes you wonder if the developers have actually seen the film in question.

Joining 2004’s Fight Club video game, which turned the epic David Fincher mindf*ck movie into a straightforward beat-em-up, is a new Forrest Gump iOS game, which mutates the beloved Oscar-winning comedy-drama into an endless runner. Yes, really.

Called Run Forrest Run, the game “celebrates” the twentieth anniversary of the movie by stripping it of whatever complexity it had, and transforming it into a game in which Tom Hanks’ simpleton character runs into traffic and collects coins like a “stupid is as stupid does” Super Mario impersonator.

The game starts with a tutorial in which you play as the leg-braced young Forrest, speeding away from bullies who throw rocks at you. From there, it’s on to running down the streets of Alabama, running across football fields, and Route 66.

It’s a frankly bizarre spinoff, but if you enjoy endless runners you might get a bit of fun out of it. Considering that the 1994 movie does end with Forrest getting rich from Apple stock, at least it kind of makes sense that he would eventually show up on iOS.

Run Forrest Run can be downloaded from the App Store for all iOS devices running iOS 5.0 and above.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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