Category Archives: Platform

Unrequited love is a theme you don't see much in videogames. Far too often games will deal with a sappy romance, or no romance at all. Admittedly, it's tough to really capture that feeling, but some games can pull it off with grace...

505 Games' action/crafting platformer Terraria [$4.99] is getting into the holiday spirit with its latest update. Just in time for Christmas, you'll now have the chance to score a Christmas ornament when chopping down trees. ..

One of my favorite little gems released for iOS this year is Pixel Licker Games and FDG Entertainment's Slayin [$0.99]. Released back in April, Slayin is best described as an auto-running-arena-based-action-platformer (whew, that's a long description). You'll play as one of three characters, running back and forth destroying enemies, leveling up and getting better and better loot. It sounds simple, and it is, but it's totally fun...

Poor, old Mega Man. Although he's one of gaming's longest-running and most prolific icons, he's surely seen his ups and downs, and these last couple years have been some serious examples of the latter. While not so long ago he was flying high, today he seems to be largely abandoned by his owner and replaced by his "father". On iOS, we've gotten an embarrassingly cut-down and IAP-laden port of Mega Man X [$4.99], a port of Mega Man 2 [$0.99] with lousy virtual controls, and Mega Man XOver, a game so bad that Capcom opted not to release it outside of Japan for quality reasons. For the Blue Bomber-loving iOS fan, the pickings are pretty slim...

If for some strange reason you don't have BeaverTap Games' Mikey Shorts [$0.99] yet, here's your chance. We reviewed it after it was released a little over a year ago and to this day still totally dig its speed run style gameplay that'll have you redoing levels over and over- Particularly if you're the kind of person who takes pride in dominating leaderboards...

'Icycle: On Thin Ice' Review - A Strange, Beautiful, Lonely Trip

These days, there are so many games in the "naked guy riding a bicycle through an icy wonderland" genre that it's hard for a new game to stand out. Wait, what? Rewind that. Okay, so the first impression Icycle: On Thin Ice [$2.99] is going to make on you is an extremely confusing one. I wish I could sit here and tell you that you'll be less confused by the end, but I can't do that, I'm afraid. This game is either full of wonderful symbolism or fortuitous random strangeness, and I can't really decide which right now. What I can decide is whether or not to recommend this game to you. My decision: yes...

It's crazy to think how many console games are ported to iOS, and actually work. With a number of high profile Xbox Live and PSN games releasing on a weekly basis, a large sample of them are starting to see some life in the mobile arena -- and I suspect that once iOS 7 controllers catch on, we'll see even more. The latest mobile port is Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$9.99]  -- a solid remake that lends itself fairly well to the mobile platform, barring a few issues that spill over from the core game...

'Space Chicks' Review -  Endless Galactic Galavanting

There are so many ‘endless’ games constantly being released that it really takes a lot simply to get noticed in the crowded genre. Crescent Moon Games’ Space Chicks [Free], which combines fast-paced platforming with endless elements, has just enough pizazz to accomplish that feat. It also helps that Space Chicks is a blast to play, infusing some life in the tired genre with great visuals and engaging mechanics...

A great way to balance out the news of a Temple Run knock off is a… Totally unexpected complete iOS remake of the classic Sega Genesis Disney game Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse- A game that was basically a required purchase for anyone who was a kid during the prime time of the Sega Genesis...

If you turn the dial back to early 2011, that was when developer Physmo released their twitchy platformer Mos Speedrun [$0.99 / Free]. As if the name didn't give it away already, Mos Speedrun is heavily based around completing each of its levels as quickly and efficiently as possible. It's certainly fun to play through at leisure too, but speedrunning was the main draw of the game for those who looked to find the ultimate paths through levels and compete on its leaderboards. Excellently-designed levels and rock-solid controls ensured that Mos Speedrun consumed me practically from the very moment it was released, and has lived a happy life on my device ever since...

'Rayman Fiesta Run' Review - Back With Another High Quality Showing

Rayman Jungle Run [$2.99] turned a lot of heads when it hit the App Store, and it's not hard to see why. The graphics were gorgeous, the music was infectious, the controls felt good, and the challenge offered something for players of all skill levels. It took console big brother Rayman Origins and distilled it down into its purest gaming form. So how do you follow that up? With a powerful extra helping of the same, it seems. Rayman Fiesta Run [$2.99] isn't doing a whole lot different from its predecessor, but when it's this good, it's hard to complain...

Spelunker was released in 1983 -- before I was even born. With the simple premise of "explore a giant cave" and arcade-like gameplay, Spelunker won the hearts of many, and destroyed the gaming aspirations of many more. In a word, the game was difficult, and is often infamously referred to as one of the hardest games of all time. Everyday Spelunker [$3.99] may faithfully re-create the magic of the retro original, but unless you're a die-hard fan, you'll probably want to avoid this excursion...

Not for the first time and surely not for the last, our forums here at TouchArcade have called my attention to a game, and I'm glad they did. Legend Dary: Classic [$0.99] is a pretty low-key game all around, but if you dig on platform shooters like Mega Man or Random Heroes [Free], you'll probably have a good time here. It's more or less the work of a single person, so it's not quite as fully-featured as some games, but the core is solid and there's plenty here to justify the price...

Some games just leap out at you right off the bat with a mesmerizing style, leaving you unable to look away. With a decidedly Limbo-like style, Crowman & Wolfboy [$2.99] brings enough to the table in terms of style alone to warrant some attention...

Hands-on with 'Space Chicks' - One-touch Endless Platforming

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to check out a near-finished build of Space Chicks, the latest to be published by the folks at Crescent Moon Games. While it's been nearly a year since last we looked at it, it's still a game worth keeping on your radar...

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