One of the more interesting platformers on iOS, and a personal favorite, is Bean's Quest [$2.99] from Kumobius. Playing as a perpetually jumping bean named Emilio, it wasn't just about making it to the end of a level in Bean's Quest, which could definitely be a challenge in itself, but rather doing it in as few bounces as possible. It could be downright maddening at times, but in that good way that made you want to keep trying until you finally succeeded.

At GDC last week, Tom from Kumobius was on hand to show off a Bean's Quest follow-up title, called Bean Dreams. It ups the ante by giving Emilio some nifty new special moves, like a dash swipe or a wall jump, giving way to even more complex level designs and greater challenges. At the same time, the difficulty ramp is much smoother this time around so as to ease players into the challenge better than the original game did. Check out our hands-on time with an early version of Bean Dreams.

Bean Dreams was looking great even in its early form at GDC, and as a big fan of the original Bean's Quest I'm eager to get my hands on some more of this brand of bouncy platforming. Kumobius hopes to have Bean Dreams finished sometime this year, and we'll bring you any more news as development on the title continues. In the meantime be sure to check out the original Bean's Quest if you haven't previously, as it should be a good way to get yourself warmed up for the forthcoming sequel.

  • toxiccheese

    Beans Quest is one of the few iOS games that I actually kept playing to completion without eventually getting bored. It's good to see that there is more to look forward to from the developer!

  • Llamaentity

    Awesome! Bean's Quest is one of my favorite iOS games as well. Can't wait for this XD

  • swarmster

    lol, I was hoping the name was a riff on Keen Dreams, and was still surprised when he actually mentioned it. A+

  • Illuminerdy

    Had anyone accused this game of insensitivity? I mean, I am not sure why a Yin Yang turns you into a ninja. That is a conflation of two totally different cultures. It seems to be riffing on cultures in an stereotypical, sometimes arbitrary way.

    I enjoyed the first Bean's Quest for its gameplay, but the cutscenes were a bit racist.

    PS I am not saying the developer is racist. Depictions and stereotypes can be racist without the intention of their author. Games have a long history of marginalizing cultures and I fear this one only contributes to that despite its unique gameplay.

    • Llamaentity

      Gotta agree with you. I loved the gameplay (a lot) but the stereotypes in the paper thin story and character designs are obnoxious.

    • toxiccheese

      It has a bean dressed in traditional Mexican attire. And it's called "Beans" Quest. Yes there is certainly more than just a hint of racist overtones to the whole thing. But as a Latin male I can tell you that I did not find anything offensive about it. It's just a game. Character design always seems to draw on real life inspirations. This game doesn't seem to be any different than other stereotypes in most games. Im not saying that just because other games do it, then that makes it ok. its just that personally i am not offended in the least. But i do understand if someone else is offended. That's my two cents.

      • Illuminerdy

        Thanks for the candid opinion. I think drawing from influence in real life can be so great. Darth Vader's design draws inspiration from a samurai helm. I guess I worry when something becomes so transparent about its "typing." Bean's Quest is probably on the list of least problematic representations, but it seems important to talk about with concern to gaming. Gaming seems like one of the last bastions of sexist, racist representations in media at times. I want better for it.

  • Baron Cappuccino

    One would be hard pressed to find a platformer that feels more iOS native than Bean's Quest. I can't wait for the sequel.

  • Silent Rocco

    More of one of the best platformers? Yeah!! Have to get used to these giant fruits instead of crystals though. But love the new movement possibilities. I love Bean's Quest so much. That vibe it has is amazing, can't stop smiling while playing it. Finished it several times.