At first glance the game seems like it’s going to be a fun fast pace game you can jump into and starting having fun with. The mechanics behind the automatic running and you tapping on the screen to jump has a good feel to it, one reason being is based on you timing your jumps which can allow you to do some awesome combo moves in order to get to coins or use enemies to jump to higher areas, which gives it a really nice touch to it. The Stages are filled with objects that aid Mario as he is running. There are blocks that allow Mario to pause, Time block that adds 10 extra seconds to your timer, An arrow block that gives you extra coins if you follow the direction of the arrow and so much more.
More than just running and jumping
The game offers a lot of options, more than just running and jumping. It includes Kingdom building and special stages for bonus which you use to build your Kingdom and other features require the farther you get in the game, and also allowing you to use Mario’s power ups throughout the stages as you can find them which gives it a nice original feel of the classic Mario games. You're able to jump automatically over most of your enemies without touching the screen to jump, but if you time your jumps to land and defeat your enemies just like in all classic Mario games, it keep track of the enemies you kill, so in the end if you kill enough of the same enemy you will gain a reward.
Should you play it? Yes...kinda.
So all in all I would say Nintendo really stepped in it by making this a pay to play game since Nintendo has always been more focused toward the younger generation. I would spend a lot of time playing this game if is wasn't for the paying part, especially nowadays since there are more and more free-to-play mobile games.