One of the finest action platformers on the App Store is Traps n’ Gemstones ($4.99) from Donut Games. In fact, it’s somewhat surprising it turned out to be so great, considering Donut has largely focused on simplistic puzzle and arcade games during their time creating for iOS.
However, despite being out of their wheelhouse, they totally nailed it, and over the weekend Traps n’ Gemstones received an update that should please owners of MFi controllers. Yes, the game now supports controllers, and it’s a great experience playing with one. I also think it’s a great experience playing with the normal virtual controls, but you know, some people really just want physical buttons. Now you have ’em.
In addition to the controller support, there’s a new option that allows you to teleport back to the entrance of the pyramid upon death, rather than immediately spawning at the last room you entered. This is a big deal for those high score chasers who are trying to gather as many treasures and defeat as many enemies in one run as possible. Finally, a nasty bug has been squashed in this update that would see your tiny hero occasionally getting stuck in the level geometry.
If the virtual controls in Traps n’ Gemstones put you off initially, fire up this updated version of the game and try it out with a controller. Or, if you’ve simply missed Traps n’ Gemstones since its release a couple of weeks back, and you like “Metroidvania" style platformers, then it needs to be a part of your life.