Last month, BeaverTap Games released Mikey Shorts [$0.99 / Free], a platforming game with a retro-inspired look and a focus on speedrunning. In short, we gave Mikey Shorts 5 stars in our review and it’s easily one of the best platformers that I’ve ever played on iOS, or any platform for that matter. Not bad for a two-man studio’s first ever release.

Acclaim for Mikey Shorts swelled as it received critical praise from outlets across the ‘net, and it’s been one of the most popular games in our forums with players battling back and forth for leaderboard supremacy. Today, Mikey Shorts gets even sweeter with its first significant content update.

First there’s a set of 12 brand new Challenge levels, bringing the total number of levels to 60 not including the 24 found in Story mode. These new levels are just as devious as the others, begging you to try and retry endlessly to find that best route and discover those extra little design nuances that will let you score the quickest time possible.

Along with the new Challenge levels comes 24 new shop items to outfit your character with. Mixing and matching gear to create different avatars has been an unexpected joy in Mikey Shorts, and with this latest batch of items you can even create near-lifelike representations of the TouchArcade Crew: myself, Brad and Eli, as you can see from the header image at the top of this post. Fulfill your fantasies of playing with the digital us!

In addition, support has been built in for both the iCade and the Joypad controller app, if you feel you need some options other than the virtual controls. Speaking of those, you can also now change the opacity of those virtual buttons to suit your tastes. Finally, a lite version of Mikey Shorts has just appeared, in case you’ve been wrestling with whether or not to spend your hard earned dollar on the game. The first 4 Story levels are available in the lite version.

Mikey Shorts is something special. I think I’ve logged more time with it than any other game released this year, and as long as they keep on adding new content that probably won’t change. If you’ve been on the fence because you aren’t sure how well platformers work on the touch screen, then at least give the new lite version a try and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Also, be sure to swing by the forum thread where BeaverTap are actively taking suggestions for future costume ideas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.vischansky Ian Vischansky

    Deceptively simple game.  Great for attempting to get all 3 stars on every level.  Another plus, it's a fantastic introduction platformer for kids.

    • mikeg1234

      Thanks!  We really made great efforts to make the game fun for the whole family.

  • ducksFANjason

    Just finished the new challenges. Kudos to the devs!

    • mikeg1234

       Thanks, and glad you enjoyed the new levels!

  • swarmster

    Excellent game, just wish it had iCloud support so I wouldn't lose my progress/times when I log onto my new phone. Might push it off my front page.

    In other news, though, Jetpack Joyride's update today provides iCloud just in time!

    • mikeg1234

      Sorry about no iCloud!  It is on our list of stuff to add.  Just finding the time to get it in is the challenge. :-)

      • swarmster

        Good to hear there's still hope. Thanks!

  • medicalbenko

    I was actually caught off guard because I bought the game yesterday. The game is super sweet. we hold mini tournaments here at home with the family to see who can get the best time. Awesome game and even awesomer update ( shot, had to make up a word to describe a better awesome lol).

    • mikeg1234

      Thanks for the support, and I'm glad we could surprise you with an update the day after you bought MS!  We love hearing that the whole family is competing and enjoying the game -- that's great!

  • Scott Pepperman

    Grabbed it today! Although I've read the controls are great, I was holding out for iCade support. Thanks for adding this option.

    • mikeg1234

      Excellent!  Let us know what you think about the iCade support -- I'm waiting to hear some feedback about what people think.

      • Scott Pepperman

        iCade controls are spot on. It would certainly be more helpful to hear from someone who has spent a lot of time using both control options so you could get that comparison. Coming from someone who has just checked it out for the first time, though, I'd say you nailed it. It's responsive and lag free, exactly what you want for a precison platformer. This game is a lot of fun and the music is fantastic.

  • http://twitter.com/mindexit SquiDinK

    looks boring, looks like a supermario clone

    • http://beavertapgames.com/ BeaverTap Games

      We've released a free Lite version for people to try out the game. Many TouchArcade forum members are having a good time competing for Game Center high scores. It's not what many would consider a "traditional" platformer.

      We've put in a lot of time and effort to make a fun game for both casual and hardcore players. We hope you like it if you give it a chance. :)

  • mbrew

    I love how ridiculously bizarre the premise of this game is -- find his golden shorts? And the hilariously vague cut scenes? -- but it just darn works. Lost many hours of my life earning those stars.