777107_largerRemember Fall Down? It's a super simple arcade game that revolves around dropping a ball down a series of gaps between ledges. Think Doodle Jump, but flip the mechanics on their heads. Recent release FallDown! 2 [Free] takes this formula and spices it up a bit with a bunch of power-ups, a forever-falling laser beam of death, and some insane colors. People seem to really be digging this new treatment, too, as the game has rocketed up the charts and is currently sitting pretty at number one in Top Free.

Eli and I gave it a spin this afternoon and came away pretty impressed with the lack of free-to-play grossness. The actual game part is pretty rad, too. Its breeziness as well as accessibility are great features.

Eli used to play this on his old Calculator For Smart People, so we talked a lot about that in our elongated look at this chart topper. If you ever wanted to see it in action, here's your chance.

  • TheEvilRobot

    Awesome! Great review! I made a thread about it too when I first saw it 🙂

    Really fun game! If you don't have it get!

  • Jerutix

    I was totally the guy in high school who always found all the games for the TI-83 Plus and distributed them out. Calculator games got banned a couple times because I found all kinds of long term fun ones (the Zelda game was particularly impressive). I was smart and self controlled though, so I never got caught.

  • B30

    Reminds me a bit of Iugo's Cliffed, without cartoon characters.

  • Jacob Gehman

    Oh man, what a blast to the past. I enjoyed Falldown, but it was Mars Patrol which I spent incalculable hours playing. I keep hoping a *good* version crops up somewhere (iOS or otherwise), but the only comprable games I've found feel really clunky in comparison to the TI-83+ version I played.

    The calculator version of Tetris was good, too.

  • Josh Dombro

    I'd seen this, but just found out that Avalanche is on iOS too! This is huge news!

  • http://www.youtube.com/MetalJesusRocks Metal Jesus Rocks

    I'm surprised at how tight the controls are on this. Pretty fun & addictive to play!

  • zzandreezz

    For 1 sec I thought it was Fallout 2 ...

  • http://twitter.com/BrandonBeLudwig Brandon

    You got the touch controls wrong. You touch each side of the screen to move. You don't swipe.

  • JCho133

    Haha yeah you touch either side, so you use your thumbs so you hold your phone the same way you would when you do tilt. Sorry but what made you think swipe? Haha, just seems really impractical.

  • Jxsgamer

    Hehehe, my TI-83 cal never had games on it. Now's my chance to see where the fun's at. 😉

  • bigrand1

    Hmmmmm. How 'bout making a game called Falling Down like the movie, where a guy gets road rage in snarled traffic, just leaves his car there, and decides to hoof it home. On he way, he wastes anyone who pisses him off using all kinds of pick up-able items as weapons. With a destructible environment, anything can happen, and nothing happens the same way every time you play! Kinda make Macgyver type weapons as you go. Maybe I should just do that!

    • Kozio235

      Good luck bro!! Just dont make it retro or in any way, form or fasion,