There are plenty of cute platform games available for iOS, but Leo’s Fortune is a lot more than a typical platformer. For starters, the game looks absolutely gorgeous; despite being developed by a small team, the game boasts some of the most impressive 2D visuals we’ve ever seen. The environments look so lush, vibrant, and detailed they could arguably be called photorealistic, but reality rarely ever looks this good. Better yet, Leo’s Fortune offers top-notch gameplay to back up its impressive appearance.
If the goofy portmanteau of a title—plus the sight of a masked wrestler pummeling demonic creatures—didn't make it clear, then let us assure you: Guacamelee! is indeed a very odd, offbeat game. Styled after Metroid and the modern Castlevania games, this side-scrolling adventure finds you accruing various powers and abilities as you explore its interconnected stages. However, it does so with a ton of humor and panache, and the end result is an entertaining and challenging game that succeeds in part by not taking itself too seriously.
A reimagining of the 1990 Sega Genesis game of the same name, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is a creative, whimsical platformer featuring the world’s most recognizable rodent. The action is as traditional as it gets — Mickey runs and jumps through predominantly side-scrolling levels, all the while hopping on baddies, grabbing collectables, and leaping over bottomless pits — but the gameplay stays compelling and fun thanks to well-designed stages, interesting environments, and ample charm.
Limbo, the delightfully macabre sidescrolling platformer that debuted on the Xbox 360 back in 2010, is finally making its way to iOS next week. Considering that developer Playdead announced this morning that it's sold over three million copies already, there's a good chance that you've already played it.
Xyla Entertainment is looking for a few more closed beta testers for the Mac version of their beat-based platformer Rush Bros, so now's a good time to rush to their homepage and sign up. It looks like you'll have a good time if you get in. Reminiscent of the Sonic franchise with its focus on speed, Rush Bros lets you use your own music to alter puzzle-packed levels that you and another player race through simultaneously.
There's no denying that Ms. Splosion Man – a port of the 2011 console original – is an incredibly well-designed platformer. Its 50 lengthy levels are filled with inventively demanding puzzles, it's built around an incredibly fun gameplay mechanic (the heroine explodes to jump or attack enemies), it looks great, and it exudes a constant stream of goofy charm. So it's a shame that on iOS, an otherwise fantastic experience is hamstrung by a couple of key problems.
NightSky is the kind of game that drops you into its world without a whole lot of explanation. Start a new file and you'll see a luminescent sphere, your charge that must be navigated over various physics-based environmental challenges. But you don't need much else to go on, really. In the opaque opening, you wonder over the origins of this mysterious object. Is it alive? Is it a crystal? The answer is unknown. You'll soon find out how effective a premise it is for the game’s atmospheric, ethereal tone.
The Harry Potter franchise has joined the echelon of culturally significant properties inhabited by Star Wars and others, and while the fervor may have subsided slightly since the last film hit the big screen, there’s no denying the Hogwarts crew’s staying power. So, it should come as no surprise that developer Traveller’s Tales has expanded its LEGO games lineup with a second Potter title, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7--a retread of its predecessor’s approach, sure, but there’s still plenty here to attract avid fans.
Meat Boy is nothing more than blood and guts, and he’s certainly not shy about showing it. On his quest to rescue Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus, he’ll be sawed apart, crushed, blown up with missiles, eaten, burnt to a crisp, melted, and impaled.
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, spun off from the long-running Spyro console series, is a unique mash-up of real-world toy play with a computer game. More than 30 figures (including the titular purple dragon) can be purchased at local toy stores and transformed into playable in-game characters, simply by placing them on the USB-connected Portal of Power accessory included with the game.