IMG_0969-300x200.PNGFollowing an extremely positive preview earlier this week, Wheeler's Treasure [App Store] was released this evening. Wheeler's Treasure is a pirate themed high scoring game with randomly generated levels, so no two play-throughs will ever be the same. Packed with items to discover, treasure to collect, and bad guys to stomp on, the game brings a surprising amount of replay value to the table which is only enhanced by the inclusion of online scoring via OpenFeint.

The goal of the game is to see how many yarrds (get it?) you can accompany a wheel through a sidescrolling environment filled with all kinds of obstacles. You can use the wheel to shield yourself from enemies, avoid hazards, swing, jump, and more. Your character is moved using simple swiping gestures, and buttons in the bottom corner of the screen control the use of your items.

The game has a feel of part mini-game and part platformer when you first start playing, and is certainly one of the more original games we've seen in the App Store. It takes more than a few tries to learn the game's unique gameplay mechanic and how best to utilize your character's jumps and equipment to make it further along each time.

What makes the game really stand out from just another "make it further" casual game is the ability to unlock up to 16 different pieces of equipment that can be equipped prior to your gaming sessions. Each of these items give you a special ability that can aid in your run. For example, the standard pirate hook lets you hold on to the top of the wheel to avoid ground obstacles. Meanwhile, this video shows an unlockable Voodoo Pocketwatch which slows time down:

Choosing which equipment to use obviously dramatically changes each gameplay session. This keeps the gameplay evolving and makes you come back for more.

The developer plans on supporting Wheeler's Treasure with free content updates, and has already been polling our forums on what to include next. The game may suffer a bit from being a bit too different, as it doesn't really fall into an easily recognizable category. But I still adored the game in our preview and all the initial reactions from forum members in the game's thread are overwhelmingly positive.

App Store Link: Wheeler's Treasure, 99ยข - Introductory sale ends Monday.

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

    A strange game I cannot fall in love with.
    It looks nice. But the concept isn't appealing to me.
    Spend some minutes... really don't know what to say about it.

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

    A strange game I cannot fall in love with.
    It looks nice. But the concept isn't appealing to me.
    Spend some minutes... really don't know what to say about it.

  • Lord Gek

    It is a weird game that is hard to categorize. I myself have never been much of a platformer fan, but enjoyed this very original concept. I see it a bit as a horizontal Doodle Jump with, admittedly, a bit more depth.

    I think it gets even more fun once you have a handful of the items and need to pick which ones you're going to equip before you start your run.

  • Lord Gek

    It is a weird game that is hard to categorize. I myself have never been much of a platformer fan, but enjoyed this very original concept. I see it a bit as a horizontal Doodle Jump with, admittedly, a bit more depth.

    I think it gets even more fun once you have a handful of the items and need to pick which ones you're going to equip before you start your run.

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Unique game, that's for sure. But I like it very much and start to fall in love with it because of this unique concept. Thanks for recommendation!

  • http://costa.kofeina.net CoSTa

    Unique game, that's for sure. But I like it very much and start to fall in love with it because of this unique concept. Thanks for recommendation!

  • hapz

    Bought it.... Controls are strange... Autozoom is bloody annoying.. Takes about 2 hours to finally 'get it' and know how to play properly..

  • hapz

    Bought it.... Controls are strange... Autozoom is bloody annoying.. Takes about 2 hours to finally 'get it' and know how to play properly..

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    Just picked it up, as it looks sufficiently different to most platformers as to afford something new to the genre.

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    Just picked it up, as it looks sufficiently different to most platformers as to afford something new to the genre.

  • jules2k

    Now this is an awesome game! Unusual but very hooking concept, great graphics and a ton of replay value, due to randomly generated levels and collectable items. I do really appreciate Wheeler's Treasure, and for just .99 it is highly recommended !

  • jules2k

    Now this is an awesome game! Unusual but very hooking concept, great graphics and a ton of replay value, due to randomly generated levels and collectable items. I do really appreciate Wheeler's Treasure, and for just .99 it is highly recommended !

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      SO WHAT SO WHAT SO WHAT?

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  • LBG

    Nevermind, the verbal abuse directed at me has stopped now.

  • http://www.ipodapps.us ipodapps.us

    Watching the video. I don't get it. It looks like the controls are a little unruly. No??

  • http://www.ipodapps.us ipodapps.us

    Watching the video. I don't get it. It looks like the controls are a little unruly. No??

  • Pmeador

    Given some time this one grows on you. LOVE it!

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  • LBG

    Nevermind, the verbal abuse directed at me has stopped now.