Category Archives: Platform

It's true we have an embarrassment of fantastic platformers on iOS, from traditional exploration style games to puzzle platformers to the brutal trial-and-error style of speedrun platformers. That latter camp is where Ravenous Games' League of Evil series comfortably lies, and right now you can snatch up every game in the series for just a dollar each during a limited time sale...

We're no strangers to platformers on iOS, particularly those with an emphasis on retro-styled visuals  and approachable gameplay. The problem is, a lot of titles either falter on the look and feel, or they make a game without enough focus on gameplay, leading to an experience that feels rote. ..

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of aliens? Do you think of UFOs? Little grey beings? The History Channel guy with the crazy hair? Now, what do you not think of? Magnets? Well, obviously, why would you associate magnets with aliens?..

'Mikey Hooks' Review - Mikey Returns with New Tricks Up His Short Sleeves

It's almost the one-year anniversary of the release of Mikey Shorts [$0.99 / Free], the platformer from BeaverTap Games that made such a splash in the world of iOS gaming. It garnered praise for absolutely nailing the controls, and it was stuffed with tons of humorous unlockable costumes which added a very welcome aspect of customization as you played...

As an old fart who has been gaming since the birth of the home console, I have to admit that my eyes light up when I see a game as gorgeously retro as Kid Tripp [$0.99]. Once upon a time, 120x80 resolution was considered laughable in the high definition world of systems such as the NES and Commodore 64, an age where more pixels, more colors, more sound channels and more, well more of everything was better. ..

When Twisted Pixel finally brought their critically acclaimed platformer Ms. Splosion Man [$2.99] to the App Store, I was overjoyed. It ended up being sort of a double-edged sword though, as Twisted Pixel opted for a somewhat fractured pay model for the mobile version of the game...

'Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame' review: A New Prince for a New Generation

Ubisoft ruined my well-laid plans. I intended to open this review by passing around a box of tissues and regaling you with a sob story about how Ubisoft trampled all over my childhood and by reshaping one of my favorite platformers using shoddy touch-based controls. I thought that's how this would play out, I really did. Well, take a bow, Ubisoft. You proved me wrong...

First Look At 'Sky Tourist,' A Cutesy Puzzle Platformer

Three Legged Egg's cutesy and vibrant Sky Tourist seems like a game to keep an eye out for tonight, especially if you have little ones around. At the top-level, it's a super accessible puzzle meets platforming game that casts you as Petey Pendant, a tiny space man with a hankering for discovery. Your tasked with visiting settlements and grabbing all the souvenirs that you can as you zip through them...

Heads up: Bad Piggies' [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] latest update is a big, free content drop for veteran players of the colorful, gadget-y sandbox building game...

Walking along a grassy forest floor among silhouetted trees shooting interminably upward, each step rumbling in his ear, the Boy accidentally steps on a wolf trap. His head pops into the air, followed by a comet’s tail of black blood, as his body goes limp, and the trap pries itself open with a creak. It’d be funny if it weren’t so arresting, but that’s Limbo [$4.99]...

'Miseria' Review - Haunting Arcade Puzzle Action

Miseria: Worlds Apart [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] has seemingly come out of nowhere to create a winning game formula by melding action-arcade design sensibilities with eerie graphics, haunting music, tricky puzzles and unique controls. It’s a formula that doesn’t seem like it would work, and at times it is as frustrating as hell as you try to solve puzzles that require a combination of action-arcade game reflexes and quick decision-making, but in the end it all comes together. The biggest downside is that the controls take some getting used to, but once you figure them out they’re excellent. Oh, and there are some minor level balance issues, but that won’t deter you from having a great time with Miseria: Worlds Apart...

Let's face it: endless runners are a dime-a-dozen these days. As such, it's always tough for games that, at least superficially, look and play similarly to the overcrowded genre. Crescent Moon Games' Greedy Dwarf [$0.99], with its minecart-based platforming gameplay, shares a lot with its endless cousins. However, a good difficulty curve, responsive controls, and decent amount of variety lets Greedy Dwarf hold its own, leading to a game worth checking out...

'Cling Thing' Review - Sticky Puzzle Platforming Awesomeness

Cling Thing [Free] is Chillingo’s latest physics-based puzzler, and it's a simple idea executed masterfully. You control a sticky, colorful, gooey blob that must navigate through each level to collect several stars and get to the exit. Your smiley-faced avatar works its way through each level by shooting out sticky tentacles that stick to certain surfaces and objects. ..

Even at first glance, Kyubo [$0.99 / Free], developed by Chestnut Studio, is a game with a lot going for it. The developer worked on some of the Angry Birds games, the art style is distinct, there are no IAPs, and there's even a little bit of mystery in the story set-up. Unfortunately, before too long, a fly appears in the ointment, and it's a bit hard to get over. Nevertheless, I do feel the game is something of a diamond in the rough, so I'd like to bring some attention to it...

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