If you're somewhat new to the world of iOS gaming, it's possible you haven't heard about Chris Neveu's adorable little platformer Miss Claire Garden [$0.99], which launched way back in January of 2011. However, last week the game received a massive, long-overdue update, and if you somehow have missed out on the game before, now is the time to introduce yourself to Miss Claire. The game is largely built around the mechanic of picking up items and enemies that will be instantly familiar to fans of Super Mario Bros. 2, or at least the non-Japanese version of it (which is actually a game called Doki Doki Panic that was reskinned with Mario characters and released as Super Mario Bros. 2 outside of Japan). Miss Claire Garden takes the item-picking-up idea and runs with it, and the original 2011 release is considered by many to be one of the top platforming games on iOS.

Last week, more than three years after launching, Neveu has given Miss Claire Garden a modern refresh adding in all the types of bells and whistles that have become commonplace in iOS gaming over the past few years. This includes 4-inch widescreen support, Universal support for iPads, iOS 7 controller support, and Game Center achievements. In addition to that, there's a ton of new enhancements to the game itself, like fully redone HD graphics, 60fps smoothness, a new checkpoint system, eight brand new levels, more "feathers" to collect for completionists, and various other new items and gameplay mechanics. It truly feels like a brand new game now, and with that tere's a brand spanking new trailer showing off the newly-updated Miss Claire Garden.

Miss Claire Garden, as I mentioned already, is considered by many to be one of iOS's best platformers, and it has quite a dedicated following in our forums. And they're right, it's a great platformer. Beyond that, it's refreshing to see a one-man developer pour so much time and effort into an update like this so many years after the fact, when it almost certainly wasn't a financially lucrative choice to do so. Rather, you could tell when Miss Claire Garden released that it was a labor of love, and you can feel that same love resulted in this latest update. It also means that hopefully a whole new generation of iOS gamers will be able to check it out for the first time, so if you like platforming games and have a spare dollar lying around, give Miss Claire Garden a shot.

  • paulkane

    Looks dope! How have I never heard of this?

  • dewdropmagic

    YES!

    So pleased you've given this some coverage on the main news page. Such a criminally underrated ios platformer.

  • ramon31

    I can't believe I've never heard of this game?

  • Louisac

    Can't believe how this was overlooked! Fantastic game. Thanx for heads up

  • Collin

    I'm not new to iOS gaming and somehow managed to miss this. Halfway through the video, I bought it. Happily.

  • metalcasket

    This article makes me feel so bloody warm and fuzzy inside. So glad to see MCG get some front-page love! :)

  • anabolicMike

    Yeah I haven't seen it before either. Hell there should be an writer who does a article once or twice a week on here for an old game. A game from the past. Even if TA did it before. Would be kinda fun.

  • Echoen

    Solid!

  • robman84

    Never seen this before either. As far away from SMB as Great Ghianna Sisters ;) Instabuy!

  • shieldser99

    Pretty much Mario Brothers 2, will give it a go

  • trazer

    I had never heard of this one myself, and I also purchased it! Thanks TA!

  • http://www.threeboy.net Threeboy

    It'll just make me want to play with a gamepad :(

    • trazer

      I just purchased this today, and while a game pad would be great, the virtual controls really do work great on this title. I too was surprised at how well they work, but they are amazingly good which contributes to my enjoying this game so much. It is well with you .99 in my opinion!

      • http://www.threeboy.net Threeboy

        It looks very cool - has a Yoshi's Island / Super Mario 2 vibe.