I still don't know what it is about Mr. Papi that makes us so happy.

Is it the awkwardly translated Japanese? Maybe. The laughably simple graphics of the title character? Perhaps. Maybe just good gameplay? Probably.

But we're not alone in our love of Sunflat's Papi franchise, as they seem to have developed quite a following. At first glance, the latest installment from Sunflat, PapiJump Cave [App Store], appears to be another solid game. I've only been able to play through the first few stages, but stopped so I could deliver this gameplay video (and I kept dying) which may help you decide on getting the game yourself.

The game is a traditional 2d platformer in which you control Mr. Papi. On screen buttons provide left/right and jump movements and the goal of each level is to clear all the hamburgers (Mr. Papi is hungry, it seems). In your way are "spiky balls", trampolines, moving platforms and green blocks that give way when you jump on them. The controls work reasonably well and the early levels are fun and do seem to ramp up in difficulty pretty quickly.

Sunflat describes the game as having 25 levels, broken into stages. The final (5th) level in each stage (except the final one) is a bonus level in which you collect as many hamburgers as possible for bonus lives.

The video shows the entire first stage and part of the second:

Once you reach a new stage, you can start back at the 1st level of that stage. While tilt controls for character movement are offered, they are not recommended. Like other Sunflat games, there's a level of unpolishedness/simplicity to the game menus and there does not seem to be any way to resume a game if you are interrupted. At $1.99, however, this is still an easy game to recommend even after our brief playtime.

App Store Link: PapiJump Cave, $1.99

  • Rowan

    Brilliant! Tacky, yet brilliant. Shows an iPhone style platformer can be done, and done well, with this control setup.

    Can devs please make more of this style of thing? eg jazzjackrabbit / sonic / mario / etc.

    Kroll proves the graphics can be whatever you so desire, but just a left/right & jump control method works well. I was hoping Kroll would be a real platformer, as were others, which is why it's a bit disappointing.

  • Rowan

    Brilliant! Tacky, yet brilliant. Shows an iPhone style platformer can be done, and done well, with this control setup.

    Can devs please make more of this style of thing? eg jazzjackrabbit / sonic / mario / etc.

    Kroll proves the graphics can be whatever you so desire, but just a left/right & jump control method works well. I was hoping Kroll would be a real platformer, as were others, which is why it's a bit disappointing.

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    Gettin' this! Thanks for the vid!

  • Barry Ward (aka wastedyuthe)

    Gettin' this! Thanks for the vid!

  • narr

    Finally a jumping game, it also looks nice, but I miss enemies, animation of Papis face and landscape mode (it's a lot more comfortable to hold the device that way when playing). And it's not available in my countries store (Austria) - why is that? That's a pity!

  • narr

    Finally a jumping game, it also looks nice, but I miss enemies, animation of Papis face and landscape mode (it's a lot more comfortable to hold the device that way when playing). And it's not available in my countries store (Austria) - why is that? That's a pity!

  • tvzoid

    Ok, I like simple games. But design must be more better than this.
    Games in the 80's were simple but got charme. This ball got no charm man.

  • tvzoid

    Ok, I like simple games. But design must be more better than this.
    Games in the 80's were simple but got charme. This ball got no charm man.

  • Ahiru

    wow, i dunno what you guys see in these "mr. papi" games...

    tvzoid said it all... i love retro games, but this ain't a "retro" attempt. try megaman 9 (which IS a new game) to see what a good old 2D sidescrolling should play (not saying "look") like these days.

    kudos to sunflat for making their papi franchise games sell..

  • Ahiru

    wow, i dunno what you guys see in these "mr. papi" games...

    tvzoid said it all... i love retro games, but this ain't a "retro" attempt. try megaman 9 (which IS a new game) to see what a good old 2D sidescrolling should play (not saying "look") like these days.

    kudos to sunflat for making their papi franchise games sell..

  • the joker

    Where's the enemies sunflat, regardless, VERY entertaining game

  • the joker

    Where's the enemies sunflat, regardless, VERY entertaining game

  • Justin

    wow, he cant play for his life. i beat the first 3 levels in about 10 minutes. he missed twice on the easiest level! lol, good game, addicting!

  • Justin

    wow, he cant play for his life. i beat the first 3 levels in about 10 minutes. he missed twice on the easiest level! lol, good game, addicting!