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10 Second Run is a video game released in 2010 for DSiWare and in 2013 for smartphones. In it, you play as a stickman and have to reach the goal while avoiding obstacles. Each level must be beaten within 10 seconds.

A sequel called 10 Second Run Returns was released in 2018 for Nintendo Switch. It has a much higher resolution and other graphical changes, but the gameplay is still familiar.


This game provides examples of:

  • Bottomless Pit: There's a pit below every course and falling down results in death.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Dying makes you restart the level, but each level's only 10 seconds long.
  • Interface Spoiler: The costume menu and some icons at the bottom spoil the fact that Returns actually has 100 courses.
  • Invincible Minor Minion: No enemy can be killed, forcing you to outmaneuver them in most cases.
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  • Level Goal: A yellow/blue portal is at the end of each level.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: No plot is provided anywhere in the game or trailers.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: The player character can only take one hit from enemies/obstacles before dying.
  • Temporary Platform: Some square platforms crumble as soon as you step on them.
  • Timed Mission: As the title implies, you have to beat each level within 10 seconds.

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