Frogmind's Badland [$0.99] is an interesting 2D, side-scrolling platform game with a touch of puzzle thrown in for good measure. In it, you control a bulbous flea-looking... thing and traverse a forested environment. As you go, you'll pick up various power-ups that change your size, speed, and number. All this stuff comes in handy since your neck of the woods has been corrupted by machine parts and traps that require your attention.

It's out now and we're thinking you'll want to check it out, just like we have. The one-touch controls are a breeze to master and the puzzle design (which leans heavily on physics) is both frantic and thoughtful. Jared and I gave it a spin just the other afternoon to give folks a tour:

We'll be following up on this again in the near future, but go ahead and buy this thing if what you've seen has clicked with you. Badland is good.

  • Ariel

    If the game is half as entertaining as this playthrough, $3.99 is a steal. You two had me cracking up within just a few minutes and didn't stop until the very end. Still a bit giggly.

  • nestor

    I'd pay $3.99 just to watch Brad play through the entire video game.

    • Ariel

      Seconded, as long as there's on-going commentary. Laughed so much I got a little lightheaded. :P

  • QWERTYthebold

    You know, I'd probably pay to have a subscription to daily videos of TA plays.

  • garret44

    There was a lot of work put into this game

  • Smokey956

    Man this game is so cool you should get it and updates are coming soon for more levels :)

    • Allen Arcelo

      Bada*slands. I had to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scamper Scamper Robinson

    My only complaint is the non-YouTube video above, which is really janky on iOS. For example, I can't expand to full screen. Why do you hate me so much?

  • dariusjr98

    The art style is cool. It (the art/graphics and such) reminds me a lot of this game called Outland. Maybe the names are a coincidence?

  • Jacob Gehman

    I know y'all are trying to get away from youtube, so feel free to ignore me. But, my internet leans towards the slower side and the buffering ability of GT seems to be waaaay below youtube--makes these videos unwatachable for me; a shame because I love TA plays.

    • QWERTYthebold

      Why are they trying to get away to youtube?

      • Jacob Gehman

        If I remember right it's because some iOS games license actual songs for their games, so when TA does a video for them youtube considers them copyright infringement. Or something like that.

  • Scarbir

    Apart from the switch from YT to GT: Badland is AWESOME. The single player gets really challenging, the multiplayer is hilarious.

  • http://www.metzener.com/ Dave Metzener

    What's happened to the YouTube TA Plays videos!?! I use "Watch Later" to queue them up on my AppleTV.

    So now I have to use my iPhone to AirPlay the video to the AppleTV.

    You guys doing this so you can make money off the videos?

    I'm with QWERTYthebold here, I'd pay $1 or $2 a month to keep watching the videos on YouTube. What do we have to do to make this happen?

  • paulkane

    Jared, you beardless sicko! It was the bearded gods who virus inked you...