The best gaming adventures are the creative and imaginative, concepts that enlighten the gamer and absorb them into a new world. App developers have definitely taken these concepts from the gaming systems to the iOS. The newest magical platform adventure to make its appearance in the app store is Emberwind.
In Emberwind we play a little gnome watchman named Kindle Elderwood as he helps to rid the city of Grendale from the evil CandleFinger and his gremlin hordes. Along with your faithful snow owl you fly from place to place to battle the gremlins and free the villagers from their torment. Mystical owls, gnomes, gremlins, magical powers, it all aligns with main stream pop culture. The story and characters definitely attract and don’t disappoint.
Originally released for PC and Mac, Emberwind is a 2-D side scrolling platformer available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. To control our hero is a simple virtual joystick setup with jump and attack buttons. The graphics are simple and beautiful but with a throw back feel. I also love the story telling with the old dialogue boxes as the characters talk to each other. The interactivity with other characters is fun and moves the story along nicely.
As you move through the levels Kindle must wack as many gremlins as possible and rid them completely from the homes of the townsfolk. As you progress you are able to unlock new moves, like shielding yourself under your giant gnome hat or rocketing to the sky under the same hat to reach secret places. There are also action buttons that will reveal other magical abilities when you are in certain rooms and levels. The levels can get a bit repetitive but unlocking the special moves keeps the game fresh and with new ways to destroy the gremlins and bosses. My only other complaint was that the buttons are placed a bit higher than other games I’ve played which did have an impact on my playing, but I eventually got used to it.
Overall, Emberwind is a fun and whimsical platform app worth adding to your device. Chillingo continues to add quality gaming to the app store and there is sure more to come. Get it now for only $0.99.
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