NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
Spread your wings and fly.
In 2009, Over The Top Games released NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits, a highly regarded platform adventure for WiiWare. Praised for its attractive 2D graphics and excellent use of the Wii remote, the game has remained a favorite among the Nintendo community.
That doesn't mean, of course, they should have all the fun. Chillingo teamed with the developers to bring NyxQuest to iPad and iPhone in the hope of delivering the superior version of this highly regarded title.
In it, you play Nyx, a winged girl who sets off through ancient Greece to find her missing friend, Icarus. The journey will take you through 12 impressive levels full of clever puzzles and enemies.
That said, how you interact with this detailed world is what separates NyxQuest from other games in the genre. Here, you'll solve puzzles by pressing objects on screen and dragging up and down to raise/lower platforms, among other tasks.
Meanwhile, Nyx can jump up to five times (a gauge, located in the top left corner of the screen depletes with each leap), and she can run.
She cannot, however, directly attack monsters. Instead, you'll harness the powers of the gods to destroy her foes, manipulating the wind and summoning powerful rays to zap opponents.
Through it all, the game remains visually appealing, with large stone columns, giant statues, mountains and desert. Whereas the Wii version looks pixilated, the iPhone and iPad editions don't have these blemishes, which in turn helps NyxQuest reach its full visual potential.
With this in mind, it remains to be seen whether Chillingo plans to include downloadable content to expand the roughly three-hour journey. Regardless, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits should be a hit on the App Store when it arrives this August.