iOS Platformers: A Step Away From Greatness
Developers spend too much time copying Mario. Give us something new.
Some people feel Rayman Origins revived the platform genre, when in fact it's alive and well (and has been for years) on the App Store.
Numerous developers have released quality 2D and 3D titles that rekindle fond memories of enjoying platformers ten and even 20 years ago, including Mario and Sonic.
Thing is, as good as some of these titles are, many lack that special something to make them as good or better than what Nintendo and Sega achieved.
Case in point, Terra Noctis, an enjoyable side scrolling adventure from Bulkypix. Interesting concept, with a tiny nightmare setting off through a fantasy world to become scarier, yet the developers at FireFruitForge chose to leave this intriguing concept stuck in the paper thin narrative, instead of finding ways to use it to enhance gameplay. They settled for creating a simple platformer that, while good, never realizes its potential.
We ran into the same problem with JAZZ: Trump's Journey, a quality game that could've been so much better. The hero, Trump, wants to become a musician, and does this by collecting musical notes and hidden pictures. It's a cool title, no question, but EggBall should have made music a much bigger part of the game.
Then we have Cybertime's Crazy Hedgy, which feels more like sacrilege. A 3D game starring a hedgehog? Sorry, but there are some places developers shouldn't tread.
Even Crescent Moon Games' Paper Monsters, the most recent iOS platformer, doesn't have that special something, largely because it tries so hard to be LittleBigPlanet.
Don't get us wrong. All of these aforementioned games deserve your attention. At the same time, developers must find new ways to push the genre forward, instead of copying elements from platform games past.