384204Gameloft has published a free Lite version of their impressive looking iPhone platformer Castle of Magic.

We looked at the full version of the game last week and found it to be a really solid title with nice level designs:

The game carries an overall polish and level of detail lacking in many other iPhone titles. The levels in particular seem very well designed with an attention to detail as well as secret areas to explore.

The Lite version of the game offers the first level of the first world to play. Overall, it's a very good sampling of the game and gives you a chance to explore the game using its virtual d-pad controls. I personally found the controls worked pretty as well as could be expected and didn't find it to be much of an impediment. The Lite version now gives every opportunity to try it our yourself.


[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

Platformer fan or not, I'd suggest everyone give the free version of this game a try.

App Store Link: Castle of Magic FREE, Free, Castle of Magic, $5.99

  • john

    Excuse me...
    Could anyone tell me what the "platformer" means?

    • Alex

      Typically, a game where you control a character that runs and jumps between platforms to complete a game level e.g. Super Mario Bros.

      • john

        thank you!!!
        I want to translate this word into chinese...:)

  • john

    Excuse me...
    Could anyone tell me what the "platformer" means?

    • Alex

      Typically, a game where you control a character that runs and jumps between platforms to complete a game level e.g. Super Mario Bros.

      • john

        thank you!!!
        I want to translate this word into chinese...:)

  • QuebecRage

    I wish I had a 3GS to play this game. On the 3G (like almost ALL Gameloft title) the game suffer from frame rate problems. I saw a video of CoM running on the 3GS and it was super smooth. Devellopers should do like PC games and put a few display options so 3G owner are not stuck with 15fps. But the game is very very fun and beautiful.

    • http://www.computerbase.com Pawel Przeslanski

      Restarting the iPhone fixed those Mini - Lags for me. You really should give the Game a Try since it is currently on the better Jump'n'Run Games on the iPhone. Of course it's running Better on the iPhone 3GS but that's not the Point.

  • QuebecRage

    I wish I had a 3GS to play this game. On the 3G (like almost ALL Gameloft title) the game suffer from frame rate problems. I saw a video of CoM running on the 3GS and it was super smooth. Devellopers should do like PC games and put a few display options so 3G owner are not stuck with 15fps. But the game is very very fun and beautiful.

    • http://www.computerbase.com Pawel Przeslanski

      Restarting the iPhone fixed those Mini - Lags for me. You really should give the Game a Try since it is currently on the better Jump'n'Run Games on the iPhone. Of course it's running Better on the iPhone 3GS but that's not the Point.

  • pante

    it is indeed a good game. never would call it an "iphone mario" though... bounce on is still THE KING. :)

    • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

      No, I love Bounce On. But this is blowing me away. It just takes ALL the goodies from the legends (Mario's upgrades and Sonic's health system) adds a lot of unique charm, a very polished presentation and is clearly the single most stunning jump'n'run on the idevices. I absolutely love this game. A masterpiece to me.

  • pante

    it is indeed a good game. never would call it an "iphone mario" though... bounce on is still THE KING. :)

    • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

      No, I love Bounce On. But this is blowing me away. It just takes ALL the goodies from the legends (Mario's upgrades and Sonic's health system) adds a lot of unique charm, a very polished presentation and is clearly the single most stunning jump'n'run on the idevices. I absolutely love this game. A masterpiece to me.

  • Pat

    I really wanted to love this game. I beat the first world and it's erased from my iPhone. The control and frame rate sucks to much for a platformer. You fight against the controls, not the game. This is where the DS or PSP proves they are gaming machines more than the iDevices: controls. The iPhone game developpers should let go virtual pads and buttons.

  • Pat

    I really wanted to love this game. I beat the first world and it's erased from my iPhone. The control and frame rate sucks to much for a platformer. You fight against the controls, not the game. This is where the DS or PSP proves they are gaming machines more than the iDevices: controls. The iPhone game developpers should let go virtual pads and buttons.

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    Good times. Been waiting for a lite version of this game.

  • http://www.fftrealm.com Noah

    Good times. Been waiting for a lite version of this game.

  • cookiemonster

    awesome, i wnated to be play a lite version before i commited to the full thing

  • cookiemonster

    awesome, i wnated to be play a lite version before i commited to the full thing

  • KwikPwn

    Great game, Castle of Magic would not look out of place on a Nintendo handheld, and that really says it all.

  • KwikPwn

    Great game, Castle of Magic would not look out of place on a Nintendo handheld, and that really says it all.

  • Davidovich

    Am I the only one having problems with this game? It runs at about 15 fps on my iPhone 3G. Yes. I did the restart, and complete reinstall. I thought the free version would be better because it says, (iPhone 3.0 tested) but it runs at the same frame rate as the original. Just my thoughts.

  • Davidovich

    Am I the only one having problems with this game? It runs at about 15 fps on my iPhone 3G. Yes. I did the restart, and complete reinstall. I thought the free version would be better because it says, (iPhone 3.0 tested) but it runs at the same frame rate as the original. Just my thoughts.

  • Sufy

    Yes Davidovich i've got the same issues as you do. I have a iphone 3G and the framerate suffers and i'm not enjoying it as much and i've spent £3.49 on it.

    I thought the 3.0 Firmware would have sorted the framrate issues out and made it run more smoother. Oh well guess i'll just have to play it like the way it is then.

    On the iphone 3GS it runs much more smoother. I want an 3GS but it's too goddamn expensive!

  • Sufy

    Yes Davidovich i've got the same issues as you do. I have a iphone 3G and the framerate suffers and i'm not enjoying it as much and i've spent £3.49 on it.

    I thought the 3.0 Firmware would have sorted the framrate issues out and made it run more smoother. Oh well guess i'll just have to play it like the way it is then.

    On the iphone 3GS it runs much more smoother. I want an 3GS but it's too goddamn expensive!

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