Category Archives: Platform

Ravenous Games first landed on people's radars with the awesome League of Evil [$1.99] a few years back, but it's pretty safe to say their output has been a bit of a mixed bag overall since. Looking at their last couple of releases, Random Runners [$0.99] was a complete misfire, and before that, League of Evil 3 [$1.99] was a pretty uninspired sequel. This developer is in need of a comeback, and I'm happy to report that at the very least, their latest title, Devious Dungeon [$1.99], shows slightly more creativity in concept than those two. It's more than a little similar in feel to their hit Random Heroes games, but the idea works far better here...

Ghost hats, packs of vicious dogs, and strutting ostriches. If you’re giving me a strange look, then you haven’t heard of Floyd’s Worthwhile Endeavour [Free], a platform game that utilizes a combination of magnificent 19th Century photography and bizarre elements to concoct one of the most eccentric and fascinating games you will ever lay eyes upon...

Ninja games! One might say there are not enough of them out there, if one were the sort of person who needed a new ninja game every hour of every day for the rest of one's life. It might seem silly that there are so many games featuring them, but like their equally overplayed colleagues, zombies, it's really just because they (or at least the pop culture image of them) fit video games almost perfectly. While zombies are great for letting a player cut loose on a crowd of human-like figures without any of the messy moral implications, ninjas are great shorthand for a nimble character who could potentially have any tools at his or her disposal. If a ninja pulls out a smoke bomb, we don't question it. If a ninja launches a grappling hook at the ceiling Batman-style, hey, it just works. Wall-jumping is really hard in real life, but if anyone can do it, a ninja can. Plus, they look really cool...

Perhaps because of how many of them are made, platformers have often turned to heavy usage of gimmicks to try to breathe some fresh air into things. Whether it's the closet full of special suits from Mario's adventures or the gravity-defying antics of VVVVVV, it's strangely more difficult sometimes to find a platformer that isn't packed full of novelties. There's nothing wrong with gimmicks, of course. When used well, they can make running and jumping from point A to point B feel like something you've never done before. Still, it's nice once in a while to play a game that gives you a straightforward run and jump through cleverly designed stages. Ava's Quest [$0.99] is just such a game. There are a few little gimmicks as you play through the game's 30 levels, but for the most part, the game simply focuses on using familiar elements to present you with a pleasant challenge. Oh, and to let you know up-front, you only get four stages for free. The rest are unlocked via an IAP for $1.99...

BeaverTap Games have updated their two main "Mikey" games, Mikey Hooks [$1.99] and Mikey Shorts [$0.99], with official support for MFi iOS 7 controllers. Owners of Mikey Shorts may have noticed that the game already received a controller support update early last week… and then again over this past weekend. Well, there was some wonky issues with the controller support in those first two updates, but today's update seems to be right on target. As such, the sequel Mikey Hooks has received the same controller support update...

Sometimes, old school gamers just want to kick back and relax with a retro platformer. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but it's tough to find a really great control scheme barring a controller option, as precision is often synonymous with the platforming genre. While it may not employ the perfect solution, Foxtrot! [$1.99] does a great job of keeping the old school spirit alive...

In an age of horse armor and pay gates, the debate for and against monetization in games rages on. Jan Tomasik is a big fan of genres unique to the platform, namely endless runners, but not as keen on the over-monetization that too often favors money-making opportunities for the publisher at the expense of design and fun. Tomasik decided to team up with his girlfriend to create a game free of freemium trappings. That game is Cloudbreakers [$0.99], and it is an absolute blast...

The worst thing about Platforms Unlimited is that it denies you vengeance. My fellow run-and-jumpers know what I'm talking about. You die at a certain point in a platformer, so you retry, and you die again, and again--until at long last, something clicks, and you bound over the pit, or enemy, or whatever-it-was that had sapped so many lives from your once-ripe supply of continues. But that's, like, all part of the Platforms Unlimited [$0.99] experience, man. ..

Just a quick heads up that one of my current obsessions, Curve Digital's Stealth Inc. [$0.99], has dropped its price for the first time and can be yours for just $1.99, down from its usual cost of $4.99. You may know Stealth Inc. by the name it originally released under on PC back in 2011, Stealth Bastard. At its core, Stealth Inc. is a punishing puzzle-platformer that's built around stealth mechanics. You'll need to utilize hiding in shadows to reach the end of each level, as well as figuring out whatever blocks need to be pushed or switches need to be flipped to even reveal where the exit is...

There was something I was more excited for yesterday than any of the newly released games, and that was the impending arrival of the version 2.0 update to Slayin [$0.99]. I even stayed up until midnight hoping it would come out, but sadly it didn't. However, when I got up today, it was there waiting for me in the App Store, like a tiny Christmas morning present under the tree...

'Shadow Blade' Review - A Slashin' Good Time

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January 16th, 2014 11:42 AM EDT by Eric Ford in 4 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Platform, Reviews
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Dead Mage’s Shadow Blade [$1.99] has one thing on its mind: fast-paced Ninja action with a healthy dose of platforming. In this regard, it succeeds pretty well in creating a focused experience perfectly suited for iOS devices. True, with its level-based gameplay and three-star system, Shadow Blade doesn’t offer anything particularly innovative, but its attention to streamlined controls and emphasis on level balance still make it a highly enjoyable game worth checking out...

'Super Splatform' Review - A Super Platformer With Plenty Of Splat

As readers of this site know well, there are a lot of games that get lost in the shuffle on the App Store. With tens of thousands of new apps every year, it's like sifting through a haystack the size of a barn in search of a handful of needles trying to find all the good games. There are lots of ways to get a heads-up on many of these titles, and one resource that has always served me well is our very own forum. Super Splatform [$0.99], from P1XL, the developers of RPG Quest Minimae [$1.99] and 4NR [$0.99], is one of those games that bounced right by me initially. It has a very unassuming look to it, as I suppose is the norm for this developer. The game's central gimmick carries it far, however, and the increasingly devilish level designs bring it all the way home. You will curse this game out, you will wail in despair at every last minute fumble, and you will go back for more every time...

In an era with so many platforms for developers to put their works on, many games have seen the light of day that otherwise would have been shot down in the past. One of those games is UsagiMan [Free], a quirky Japanese game that has just hit the iOS platform, and pays homage to Mega Man, old school platformers, and rabbits...

Early last month we told you that Pixel Licker Games and FDG Entertainment's Slayin [$0.99] was set to get a huge version 2.0 update that adds three brand new playable characters, and today we've received video of those characters in action. The lineup of new characters includes an Archer who can shoot arrows into the air, a Ninja with a teleporting move, and a Tamer who can actually tame and ride the enemies in the game and use them as offensive weapons. How cool is that? Check out the new heroes in the trailer below...

Platformers can be a mixed bag on the mobile platform. Some feature heavy amounts of IAP, wonky virtual d-pads and buttons, and uninspired designs that basically just rip off Mario or some other high profile title. But Sugar Roll [Free] is more unique than meets the eye, featuring an odd looking hero constantly rolling on top of a ball...

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