donutlogoChances are you're familiar with Donut Games and their library of nearly 40 iOS titles. As their name implies, they're masters of the "coffee break" gaming experience, typically focusing on puzzle or arcade games with simple mechanics but lots of depth. They've long been one of my favorite developers and have defined what mobile gaming experiences should be like.

But now it's time for Donut Games to spread their wings, as they've revealed their next upcoming project Traps n' Gemstones, and it looks to be their biggest endeavor yet. Traps n' Gemstones is a "Metroidvania"-style action platformer, meaning you'll be exploring one giant world, and new bits of the world will slowly become accessible as you progress and gain new abilities. It features an Egyptian theme and the colorful pixel art that Donut Games are known for. Check out the trailer.

Traps n' Gemstones is on schedule to be submitted to Apple sometime this month, so its release shouldn't be too far off. As a long-time fan of Donut Games and a fan of Metroidvania platformers, I'm incredibly excited for it. Donut also mentions that Traps n' Gemstones will be priced higher than the dollar or two that their games typically go for, indicating they're shooting for a premium experience. When more information drops, like a definite price or release date for the game, we'll let you know.

  • Steven Lewis

    This looks awesome. I so trust Donut to get the difficulty just right so it is challenging but not painfully so; in other words: fun! I will definitely support this premium game effort from them and I am glad they are deviating from their formula.

    • Billy Ocean

      yes, donut has that polish and consistency. trustable.

  • Adams Immersive

    That's great! Looks like a ton of variety in there.

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  • ScotDamn

    Yep. This shows a lot of potential!

    Donut Games + That trailer x Jared's game description = potential classic

  • smes3817

    Donut Games are my favorite iOS devs and I absolutely cannot wait for this. I love that after over 40 games they still are trying new things. They work their asses off to please their fans and rarely disappoint.

    • C. Stubb

      -Nearly- forty games.

      • smes3817

        My mistake. Point still stands though...

  • irettillib

    This looks amazing. Definitely seeing inspiration from La Mulana in the aesthetic and setting. I hope they utilize touch controls properly rather than the gamepad interface that so many ios platformers tend to fall back on. This just moved to the top of my hype list.

    • BrettArchibald

      My thoughts exactly. This game looks amazing, but how the controls are implemented will make it or break it for me.

  • Anotherkellydown

    This looks really good! I'm a huge Metroid-vania fan too, and the good ones seem few and far between on iOS. From the video alone I'm most definitely going to pick this up when it's released. Pleasantly surprised Donut went this route.

  • Vicente Ragal

    Finally an ambitious project from Donut. Like their casual games, but is always nice to see some story and a sense of progress.

  • bnagel1976

    Can someone recommend a couple of Donut games (that they like or love) for me to check out. Sorry if I sound like a douche, but am not familiar with a lot of developers by name alone. Much appreciated.

    • smes3817

      Depends on what genres you like but Bubble Pig is one of their best for sure.

    • C. Stubb

      Jungle Crash Land for puzzle, Moon Rover for action, Superstar Chefs for platforming, and Castle Siege for strategy. You really can't go wrong.

      • C. Stubb

        It's actually Castle Smasher, not Castle Siege, sorry. And how could I forget Action Hero and Traffic Rush?

    • Cilo

      Definitely Castle Smasher.

    • evilabdy

      Beach games and Sunday lawn seasons are my favorites

    • ImJPaul


      • Misguided

        Cat Physics!

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    • Design by Adrian

      Traffic Rush and Action Hero! Cat Physics, and Sunday Lawn are nice, too.

  • NauticalDno

    I want that game

  • Geertyy

    Added to watchlist!

  • rich_952000

    Day one insta-buy. Even without knowing anything about the game it would have been. I have been a fan of these guys since their first projects and never have I been unsatisfied buying them on day one of their release. They also consistently add new content to their games and offer great customer support. Can't wait for this and all other Donut Games.

  • Cookies

    Been looking for another good metroidvania style game since Megatroid got a little too samey (I played that game for waaaaaayyy too long), and this looks like a ridiculously solid entry into the genre.

  • ImJPaul

    You know...Chair made my favorite castlevania-style game ever a few years ago called Shadow Complex. It only released for XBLA. I've always thought that game would be perfect on iOS. Hopefully that comes one day too.

  • starski

    This game looks amazing! I hope they implement mfi controls

  • Illuminerdy

    Looks racist.

  • Bool Zero

    They had me at "Metroidvania"!

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  • Stuart Nicholson

    Looks like a cross between Spelunker and Montezuma's Revenge. A definite buy