Here’s a nice treat if you’re looking for something to do this weekend. Farseer Games’ quirky physics-based, stunt-skiing, evil robot-killing game Krashlander ($1.99) is free until Monday. Krashlander originally launched way back in February of this year, and you may remember that we took it for a spin in a TA Plays video where we showcased just how much we sucked at the game. It wasn’t just us though, as Krashlander used unique mechanics that relied heavily on the position of your skier and the physics system to accomplish what you needed to do for each level. In fact it was such a tricky game to grasp that the game’s developer Jeff Weber offered up some tips to try and help players click with the game. Krashlander was such an interesting and unique game that it was worth putting the time into understanding how to play.
Well, it was a long, long time coming but this past week Krashlander received its first ever update which, among adding a brand new Orange World with 10 new levels, introduced a more friendly tutorial system and three different difficulty settings to help novice players warm up to the game more easily.
The Novice difficulty gives you better control of the in-air rotation of your skier, and makes it much easier to stick landings, though at the expense of realism. For using this easier system you’ll only earn a single point for each evil robot you destroy in a level. The Expert difficulty is keeps everything the same as the initial version of the game, which as we all know has a steeper learning curve and more demanding physics but will net you two points for every robot you kill.
Finally, a new Elite difficulty gives no assistance for aerial rotation or physics and is much, much more difficult, but rewards you with a whole three points for every robot that’s destroyed in a level. Believe it or not, some people actually clicked immediately with the original version of Krashlander and found it too easy, so this mode gives them something more difficult to master.
This latest update also adds the ability to record and share replays of your runs as well as fixes some bugs and makes general tweaks to improve the overall Krashlander experience. With its clean visuals, unique controls and physics system, and clever level designs, Krashlander is one of those offbeat games that feels like a great fit for mobile devices. Now that it’s finally received this big update, it’s also a more approachable experience for newbies, and even offers up some new challenge to veterans. Definitely give it a download during the free promotion.