Gaming Bits first to review DynamoKid on the iPhone
DynamoKid Touch is a two dollar App Store game that encompasses everything we use to know about platform games. It is a challenging touch-based control game. The challenge that DynamoKid Touch brings is entertaining, but can lead to some inappropriate words being said. I just couldn’t put the game down. With a 8-bit art style, some great touch controls and solid gameplay, DynamoKid Touch is well worth your time and space on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
DynamoKid Touch review:
The platformer genre has seen a great amount of change in recent years, moving more and more from the console space into the handhelds. We have seen a resurgence of these platform games on the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP, but it is the iPhone and iPod touch where the largest growth is happening. One company, Orange Pixel, has seen this trend and release DynamoKid Touch. This game takes all of the fun of platformers and mixes in some touch controls to create a truly unique experience. DynamoKid Touch is a perfect fit for Apple’s handhelds because of its great, quick gameplay and retro visual style. I don’t think you can find a better example of a tough, addicting platform game.
Lets get this straight, DynamoKid Touch is not for the feint of heart. It is just a challenging game, period. I found myself yelling at my iPod touch, but just starting over the second I died. The controls are simple: you tap the screen to make DynamoKid jump. That is the easy part. Then, when enemies come on screen, you have to use the same touch controls to “kill” them. Along the way, there are also balloon enemies that drop projectiles. These guys can’t be killed, just moved when you touch them. Also, there are moving platforms and blocks that only appear if you put your finger over them. The combination of manic movement, frantic touch controls and the great looking art just keeps me coming back for more. Orange Pixel also decided to have the colors pop in depending on how far in the level you are, which I thought was a great touch.
My biggest gripe with the game is sometimes I don’t feel like it is my fault if I miss a jump. The area you can touch around your character that makes you jump just doesn’t seem big enough. I found myself getting upset because I didn’t feel like my game over was due to anything I did. Other than that, the game does not have many issues. Orange Pixel has also said that updates will be coming soon to fix bugs and add more content.
At the low two dollar price tag, DynamoKid Touch is for those looking for a classic looking old school platforming game. It is simply a great buy. The game can get very frustrating, but for some gamers a challenge is what they truly enjoy. For me, I couldn’t put the game down. That is both a good thing and a bad thing. DynamoKid Touch just brought me back to the 8-bit and 16-bit era, and I hope it does for you too.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Gaming Bits