screen01Games with a similar gameplay mechanic to IUGO's Cliffed [App Store] will always have a place in my heart, as I burnt through countless sets of AAA batteries in my TI-83 through school playing a calculator game called Falldown which consisted of little more than navigating a small grayscale ball through sets of obstacles trying to fall as far as you could before being pushed up the top of the screen.

Cliffed takes this exact game premise, adds unlockable characters to play as, online multiplayer, global leaderboards, obstacles, and the ability to dash right or left to make it to the next level of platforms. Controls are delightfully simple, with giant arrow buttons on each side of the screen to control your character's movement. Double tapping makes you dash in that direction.

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Online multiplayer works great, although sadly at this point there isn't much of an online community to speak of. I've managed to arrange a few games with friends online, but just trying to find a game with random opponents is easier said than done. That being said, when you do actually arrange a game, the multiplayer is fun and lag free. Cliffed would greatly benefit with the inclusion of some kind of friends system with push alerts, or some other way to get people in to your online games.

Cliffed is a great example of yet another iPhone title that takes an amazingly simple gameplay concept and fleshes it out with unlockables and online functionality to create a much deeper experience. If you're tired of all the games that have you jumping up, maybe it's time to give one a try that has you falling down.

App Store Link: Cliffed, $1.99

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  • veratek

    great take on it hodapp! and great homage to everyone's high school math days haha
    I implore everyone to take a look at the game, and how engaging it is as a multiplayer racer.

  • veratek

    great take on it hodapp! and great homage to everyone's high school math days haha
    I implore everyone to take a look at the game, and how engaging it is as a multiplayer racer.

  • Gryphon23

    I love this game! The multiplayer is fine, all it needs is a bigger community of people playing. I have yet to unlock the Silver and Gold Knight... Better keep trying!

  • Gryphon23

    I love this game! The multiplayer is fine, all it needs is a bigger community of people playing. I have yet to unlock the Silver and Gold Knight... Better keep trying!

  • http://www.GorillaGoesHigh.com Gorilla

    Like the graphic style of Cliffed. Is there any video from the game?

  • http://www.GorillaGoesHigh.com Gorilla

    Like the graphic style of Cliffed. Is there any video from the game?

  • MrMuesli

    Hi! I feel part of a very elite gang of players right now (Damn Veratek, you're fast!) vying for 1st place. I'm away from wifi for a while soon unfortunately, so if this catches on (and I sincerely hope it will) I am guessing when I get back I will have been knocked of my current 4th place perch...
    I swear that this game will give me a heart attack! 1000m is a good distance I find. Any shorter and the increasing tension of actually making it to the bottom would be gone.
    I feel there are two ways to win this little baby. Either by speed or endurance, but preferably both; ) Right now, I'm an endurance guy. There are faster players out there it seems, but there is every chance that they will screw up so all is not lost when you see their depth gauge growing and growing.
    I suppose the only added extra I would like to see is some sort of chat function to be able to playfully taunt your opponents with in a Monty Python 'Holy Grail' kind of way (you know, the castle scene at the beginning; ) Otherwise, for me this is one of the best real time online experiences on the iDevice thus far. Highly recommended.
    ps. Do NOT do what I did and play on a low battery. I was in a 4 player match and winning by a mile. The '20% battery' warning came up and was it, I got 'cliffed'! I actually let out a little scream...

  • MrMuesli

    Hi! I feel part of a very elite gang of players right now (Damn Veratek, you're fast!) vying for 1st place. I'm away from wifi for a while soon unfortunately, so if this catches on (and I sincerely hope it will) I am guessing when I get back I will have been knocked of my current 4th place perch...
    I swear that this game will give me a heart attack! 1000m is a good distance I find. Any shorter and the increasing tension of actually making it to the bottom would be gone.
    I feel there are two ways to win this little baby. Either by speed or endurance, but preferably both; ) Right now, I'm an endurance guy. There are faster players out there it seems, but there is every chance that they will screw up so all is not lost when you see their depth gauge growing and growing.
    I suppose the only added extra I would like to see is some sort of chat function to be able to playfully taunt your opponents with in a Monty Python 'Holy Grail' kind of way (you know, the castle scene at the beginning; ) Otherwise, for me this is one of the best real time online experiences on the iDevice thus far. Highly recommended.
    ps. Do NOT do what I did and play on a low battery. I was in a 4 player match and winning by a mile. The '20% battery' warning came up and was it, I got 'cliffed'! I actually let out a little scream...

  • Colbertj

    An online community will come when they drop it to 99 cents :)

  • Colbertj

    An online community will come when they drop it to 99 cents :)

  • SteveJ

    I'm going to download this, but I've been playing and enjoying Robocalypse which I just got the other day (for 99 cents), so this might have to wait a little bit.

  • SteveJ

    I'm going to download this, but I've been playing and enjoying Robocalypse which I just got the other day (for 99 cents), so this might have to wait a little bit.

  • Peter

    I was asking in the thread for this game. We have 2 iphones and 1 touch in the family. Can you play with a specific person online? Can we play all 3 of us together or is it random people only ?

  • Peter

    I was asking in the thread for this game. We have 2 iphones and 1 touch in the family. Can you play with a specific person online? Can we play all 3 of us together or is it random people only ?

  • veratek

    MrMuesli is on TA too lol awesome man. Yeah the game has that "turtle and the hare" bit to it, where it's not always the first place runner that will win the race. I am looking forward to different lengths of races, I think a shorter race would work- as long as it started it on a faster speed and just got faster from there.

  • veratek

    MrMuesli is on TA too lol awesome man. Yeah the game has that "turtle and the hare" bit to it, where it's not always the first place runner that will win the race. I am looking forward to different lengths of races, I think a shorter race would work- as long as it started it on a faster speed and just got faster from there.

  • Steve K

    I just bought this after reading the review, and I love it, but it seems to crash badly at the character screen very frequently, requiring a hard reboot -- the phone is fine and everything else runs, but the game won't restart without a reboot. Anyone else seeing this on a 3GS?

  • Steve K

    I just bought this after reading the review, and I love it, but it seems to crash badly at the character screen very frequently, requiring a hard reboot -- the phone is fine and everything else runs, but the game won't restart without a reboot. Anyone else seeing this on a 3GS?

  • MantleBreed

    There seem to be a ton of people playing. I get matched up almost immediately all the time. Definitely gonna cause heart attack. This game is crazy tight...

  • MantleBreed

    There seem to be a ton of people playing. I get matched up almost immediately all the time. Definitely gonna cause heart attack. This game is crazy tight...

  • jeff

    Great game! I'm happy that I bought it. Multiplayer mode is awesome. Thx to TA for encouraging people to buy that game because now multiplayer rocks.

    Maybe we should arrange a tournament night soon? Would be a lot of fun. I hope that many people buy this game.

    Ah, and don't forget to charge your iPhone/iPod ;) The 20% battery warning got me also cliffed xD

  • jeff

    Great game! I'm happy that I bought it. Multiplayer mode is awesome. Thx to TA for encouraging people to buy that game because now multiplayer rocks.

    Maybe we should arrange a tournament night soon? Would be a lot of fun. I hope that many people buy this game.

    Ah, and don't forget to charge your iPhone/iPod ;) The 20% battery warning got me also cliffed xD

  • SteveJ

    I ended up buying it, but so far I can't echo the compliments. It ramps up the difficulty far too slowly such that I end up getting bored before it's over. The simplistic nature of the game just doesn't carry it through the long game times. Online play wasn't any better. I'll give it more time, but so far I'd call this one overrated.

  • SteveJ

    I ended up buying it, but so far I can't echo the compliments. It ramps up the difficulty far too slowly such that I end up getting bored before it's over. The simplistic nature of the game just doesn't carry it through the long game times. Online play wasn't any better. I'll give it more time, but so far I'd call this one overrated.

  • The Theory

    I loved playing Falldown (or something similar) on my TI-83+. I'd like to see more of the awesome graphing calculator games come to the iphone/touch. A direct port of Mars Patrol would be especially loved--I found a flash version online but it was klunky and poorly done.

    Anyway, this will be an insta-download once I get home.

  • The Theory

    I loved playing Falldown (or something similar) on my TI-83+. I'd like to see more of the awesome graphing calculator games come to the iphone/touch. A direct port of Mars Patrol would be especially loved--I found a flash version online but it was klunky and poorly done.

    Anyway, this will be an insta-download once I get home.

  • http://iugome.com IUGO Tech Support

    @Steve K
    We have tested the game thoroughly on all platforms without encountering any crash issues. Please contact us directly at support@iugome.com so that we can look into it in more detail. Thanks.

  • http://iugome.com IUGO Tech Support

    @Steve K
    We have tested the game thoroughly on all platforms without encountering any crash issues. Please contact us directly at support@iugome.com so that we can look into it in more detail. Thanks.

  • AaronAMV

    It's a really great game, the only thing it needs are upgrades to certain characters and abilities.

  • AaronAMV

    It's a really great game, the only thing it needs are upgrades to certain characters and abilities.

  • AaronAMV

    It's a really great game, the only thing it needs are upgrades to certain characters and abilities.

  • AaronAMV

    It\'s a really great game, the only thing it needs are upgrades to certain characters and abilities.

  • Steve K

    @Tech Support,

    Thanks, I'll drop you an email. Turning off wireless fixes the problem (it doesn't happen in "Airplane Mode" so it seems to be a problem having to do with my WiFi. Thanks for the response.

  • Steve K

    @Tech Support,

    Thanks, I'll drop you an email. Turning off wireless fixes the problem (it doesn't happen in "Airplane Mode" so it seems to be a problem having to do with my WiFi. Thanks for the response.

  • benme

    @ iugome

    im wondering if any updates are coming to this game...

    i would love to see power ups such as maybe the ability to jump, to be faster, all rocks on the screen destroyed... obviously these power ups would not last a long time but they would be cool....

  • benme

    @ iugome

    im wondering if any updates are coming to this game...

    i would love to see power ups such as maybe the ability to jump, to be faster, all rocks on the screen destroyed... obviously these power ups would not last a long time but they would be cool....

  • dieburnbot

    This is a great game and I play it all the time. I also agree that they should allow shorter matches in multiplayer, but start at a faster speed. Not everyone has time to do 1000 cliffs. Other than that I keep going back to this game. Most iPhone games get deleted fairly quickly on my
    phone because I eventually stop playing them, but not this one.

  • dieburnbot

    This is a great game and I play it all the time. I also agree that they should allow shorter matches in multiplayer, but start at a faster speed. Not everyone has time to do 1000 cliffs. Other than that I keep going back to this game. Most iPhone games get deleted fairly quickly on my
    phone because I eventually stop playing them, but not this one.

  • dieburnbot

    I also forgot to mention that most of the player base is getting good enough at the game by now that they can get to 1000 pretty consistently. So once one decent player gets into first place it's almost impossible for thee second And especially third and fourth player to catch up unless the first place person screws up pretty bad. So maybe some kind of power ups could be implemented to either give you an advantage or throw your opponent off. This would balance out the online play and make it more challenging.

  • dieburnbot

    I also forgot to mention that most of the player base is getting good enough at the game by now that they can get to 1000 pretty consistently. So once one decent player gets into first place it's almost impossible for thee second And especially third and fourth player to catch up unless the first place person screws up pretty bad. So maybe some kind of power ups could be implemented to either give you an advantage or throw your opponent off. This would balance out the online play and make it more challenging.