I gotta hand it to Spunk and Moxie [$1.99]. It's a 2D platform game that actually plays to the strengths of the iPad and iPhone's touch screen while still offering a challenge. It's also a looker, too, and has a ton of charm to spare.

Backing up: in the game, you play as a blob that auto-runs. You're in charge of jumping and the timing of those jumps with one-touch screen controls. The longer you hold down on the screen, the higher and longer a jump. The level and scenario design does all the heavy lifting. As you play, you'll be tasked with squeezing through passages by timing a jump perfectly, avoiding pits, and generally progressing through each level's maze-like structure. There's also potions, which give your characters' powers. The red potion is the one you'll see the most in the following. It gives Spunk the ability to smash crates that would otherwise be blocking the way. The catch is that the effects are timed.

Anyway, if you're in the market for a new platformer, you should probably check out our video. This game is really fun and surprisingly difficult at points.

  • blackbear219

    looks fun, gonna pick this one up.

    you mentioned crate box controls. I was CONSTANTLY missing the jump button in that game. It's amazing on iCade though!

    • bradnicholson

      Oh, no doubt? The more I talk to people about them, the more I'm starting to think about virtual controls being super subjective. Like a game, they'll click with your or not on a case by case basis.

      • blackbear219

        Yup, you're right about that. Some games that most people seem to hate the controls for I have no problem with and vice versa. We're all built differently, I suppose.

      • blackbear219

        Yup, you're right about that. Some games that most people seem to hate the controls for I have no problem with and vice versa. We're all built differently, I suppose.

      • themostunclean

        Have to agree here as well. I've had problems with very few iOS game controls while loads of people have the blanket opinion that they all suck.

        Although, one thing the review section on the App Store has shown me though is how dumb & uncoordinated the average person is. So maybe it's not entirely subjective.

  • garret44

    Really solid game. Extremely tough to achieve 100%! If you want a challenging platform with spot on controls and stylish graphics go grab it!!

  • mr_bez

    I like the look of it, but can't get over that name. I take it "spunk" doesn't have the same connotations in the US as it does in the UK?

    • themostunclean

      Yes, it can. But the phrase itself is a throwback to early 20th century slang. In old movies or tv shows you may hear a character say- "she's got spunk and moxie!". Meaning that she has a lot if character and energy.

      Pretty common in old gangster movies but ill admit my dirty mind did go where yours did at first.

  • IpadGamer

    Isn't this the game the Devs were going to give $1,000 to the first person who completed it? I could be wrong...

    • http://twitter.com/DanFessler Dan Fessler

      Yes, we've gotten about 3 or 4 or completed the game. We're in the process of verifying the eligibility of the first. We'll make an announcement about it in the next coming days most likely