It can be tough to stand out for a game that is in a well-worn genre. The sort of endless runner with action elements genre can be a tough sell for some folks when there’s a ton of those games out there. But Flipping Legend [Free] doesn’t deserve to be skipped. This separates itself from the rest of the pack by having a unique movement system, an RPG-style upgrade system, strong artistic direction, and most importantly: being fun to play at its very core.
Flipping Legend has you playing as one of several character types who have the ability to flip diagonally across the world, much like a bishop on a chess board. So, you can’t hit anything right in front of you, necessarily. You have to be constantly thinking in diagonals, trying to string together jumps, because your health constantly decreases when you’re not bopping enemies. You have five worlds to make it through, though a portal can be taken to later worlds when you reach each one five times. You also can backflip, but this uses up part of your super meter. Your enemies won’t just stand there waiting for you to bop them: some of them throw projectiles, will poison you, or are ghosts that will chase you down unless you get away quickly enough. Good luck with all that! It’s all a fun concept on paper, but it’s such a fun game to just physically play.
A big reason why Flipping Legend works so well is because the flipping feels so good to play with. It’s a fast, responsive control scheme, and flipping from tile to tile, bopping enemies in a row, it is very satisfactory to play with. The big thing you have to understand is how to use the flips across the screen, where flipping right on the right column will flip you to the left column. The checkerboard system helps out a lot, as it gives you a quick glance at if you need to get on a different checkerboard path. The whole system also conveys a feeling of correctness when you get a big string of enemies taken down, like this is how you’re supposed to be doing it. When a game feels so good to just play in its rawest form, that’s a sign that the bigger experience can be fun. This isn’t always the case, but Flipping Legend has a fantastic core to work with.
The special attack meter feels cribbed from fighting games for a different purpose here, but it provides a a useful system. See, you can use one bar of your meter to jump backwards, which is helpful for taking out enemies as there’s better rewards for keeping a string of kills going without missing an enemy. But, the meter takes longer to fill going down the line, so one jump backwards when you have a full meter comes at a higher cost. You can stand there and wait if you don’t have the meter full to jump backward, but with the constantly-draining health, this is only recommended ever so often. The super moves are rather useful, as they can take out multiple enemies, or help you out when you need a bit of an edge going through the world. The werewolf is a particularly interesting character because he has a forward jump for his special move; you don’t get the screen-clearing you do from other characters’ abilities, but you do get a useful little tool that can be upgraded to be more of a boon to your high score chasing.
The upgrade system is a bit different from other free-to-play games, because you have to level up your characters in order to upgrade them. Diablo‘s skill trees are a stated influence for Flipping Legend, where you get one skill point to spend on upgrades per character level. Experience is earned through scoring points, with bonuses to be found in treasure chests. Upgrades include things like being able to pick up multiple shields, being immune to certain negative effects, and faster power bar generation. But each character has some unique ability upgrades, where like the ninja can shoot shurikens at forward enemies when doing their backflip. The warlock’s spell can become more useful, and even help out with the ghosts in the cemetery. The character leveling also means that you have an incentive to play with each character, and have some solid progress to work toward in the game toward not just getting high scores and unlocking new areas, but also making your characters even better.
Flipping Legend is free-to-play, with two in-app purchase types. One is the ad removal IAP, which not only removes any kind of interstitial ad you might see, but you also don’t have to watch ads to get the free chest every 10 minutes, and chests you pick up in the game open for free at the end of your session. You can then buy legend chests: 10 for $ 0.99, 25 for $ 1.99, or 40 for $ 2.99. These give you rare skins, experience bonuses, and big quantities of gold for your runs. There’s no exorbitant spending here, and that ad removal IAP will take you a long way toward saving time with the chest unlocks. Interestingly, there is no way to continue a run, so once you die…you die.
The art style of Flipping Legend works rather well because of the way that it combines voxel art and low-resolution pixel art in a way that feels unique. Plenty of games have had either style, but the voxel characters of Flipping Legend feel special in that way. While the low-resolution fonts still feel a little jarring compared to the 3D art, I don’t know if there was a good solution for that. It’s still a good style for the game. The music has a great feeling to it, and there’s a cool aspect to where it changes smoothly with level transitions, to where you might not even notice that the track has been building into something different. There’s iCloud support so you don’t lose your progress when playing on different devices.
Flipping Legend is just an astounding take on a well-trodden genre, of the free-to-play action-y runner. The work that Hiding Spot Games put into this along with Noodlecake’s help has been spectacular. The reports from GDC were that this was coming together really nicely, and after playing a ton of this one before and after release, Flipping Legend is a must-download in my book.
Flipping Legend is out now and it’s a simple and hard puzzle game from Hiding Spot Games and Noodlecake Studios. In this game the player can go left or right diagonally in a three wide checkerboard. Avoid spikes and collect coins along the way. There are a couple special moves to get out of a jam, but in general it’s a difficult game to get very far unless looking way ahead to plan out the moves. My only gripe with this game is that it’s not played in portrait mode as a quick twitch game like this would be perfect for a quick game while waiting in line.
AHHH!!! This week has so many great games that I’m really not sure where I’m going to find time to play all of them before we record our podcast on Friday. The whole list includes a bunch of indie stuff that’s been posted to our forums, but if you don’t want to comb through all of that, here’s my HOT PICKS of the week in a short list. This week perfectly embodies what I’m always talking about when people like to rant about how there’s no good mobile games anymore. There’s so many good games I don’t have time to play them all. For real.
Now, keep in mind, it’s entirely possible there’s other awesome games in this list that I just haven’t heard of or haven’t tried yet, but all of those are super strong on my radar and I’ve been looking forward to for … quite a while. Anyway, on with the show:
Arrow Rain is an action packed arcade style wave defense game. Choose between one of 5 heroic defenders and put your reflexes to the test as you survive wave after wave of arrow volleys raining down upon you from the sky.
You still do not know the cutest raccoon Candy? She is waiting for you in the fascinating world of educational games for kids! All the guys know that popping balloons is fun. And with Candy Raccoon it’s also informative! In addition, the developing game “Candy Raccoon: Balloon Games for Kids” allows you to pop balloons with benefit.
Burst all kinds of lovely candies in the cup, gameplay novel, interesting, variety of level design. Snowballs, birds,greedy candies,spider,etc. many exciting designs,shake your phone to let candies dance. Hundreds of levels, free to play, can’t stop at all, come on!
Cargo 3D Car Parking is an amazing game simulator which tests your car driving and parking skills simultaneously. It is designed with amazing features which stands it out from other competition games Apps.
Following the success of ‘The Wolf’ and a huge demand for more, the Studio prepared a fresh game with a cheetah as a main character and broad savannas as the environment. As you gain experience, you may develop the skills and abilities of your big cat. There are two game modes which you can always switch. One of them is a cooperative multiplayer mode, where you gain experience from hunting other animals. The PVP mode engages you in an exciting battle with other players. Everything is topped off with high end graphics.
Tired of running around to collect shiny things? Well, no more! Clicker Fred lets you get other hapless saps to do all the sweating – and horrible, horrible dying – for you. Pick up your scythe and start slicing your way to collossal riches!
Welcome to the world of Digital Eggs, an invention from the mind of the infamous Dr Nakamoto. You have found the last working prototype of the system but unfortunately it has been neglected and fallen into disrepair! You must help Dr Nakamoto resume his lost work, and finally discover if digital life forms can ever be really real!
Unleash the power of your fists, spells and weapons in this pattern-based adventure. Hone your reflexes and be one with the environment as speed and rhythm become second-nature. Play with powerful heroes and unlock all their abilities and secrets to help better dispense your foes. Reach new and faraway lands not yet discovered by fellow travelers. Be a Flipping Legend!
forma.8 is a unique take on the proven Metroidvania action-adventure formula, with a striking visual style and a huge world to explore.
As the small exploration probe forma.8 you’re stranded alone on the surface of an alien planet. Separated from your companions by accident you have a life or death mission to accomplish: find and recover a lost, powerful energy source before it’s too late. Ancient civilisations, great perils and dystopian visions await you. And not everything is what it seems…
Fourte is the math game where you play with 4 given numbers and the basic operators to get the desired number.
Enemies will approach! Can you defend your forte and unlock the math wizards? Add up your courage, subtract your weaknesses, Multiply your strength, divide your plans, and, of course, brace for the attack!
Fowlst is an an action game about an owl who is trapped in Hell for some reason. Make your way through chamber after spooky chamber, smashing Demons and grabbing loot. Dodge bullets, battle huge bosses and try not to get chopped In half by a buzz saw. Trade your loot for sick powers like egg bombs and rockets so you can really show those demons whos boss!
One of life’s greatest challenges is to notice life happening. In a world where connectivity doesn’t always mean connection; where the quicker the better and time off is time wasted – only a few have learnt the art of going slow.
Jump, swipe, don’t crash! Follow the arrows and swipe fast in the correct direction to avoid crashing! Reach higher than anyone and test your skills as you unlock the secrets of the universe! Download this FREE, NO ADS, addictive game and start jumping today!
Join us! Join Minds Up!! Here you can duel Sudoku with your friends in real-time! In Minds Up you can not only experience Sudoku by your own,but most importantly you can duel Sudoku with friends all over the world.Minds Up also provide you an oppertunity to make friends around the world and communicate skills online with top puzzle players! Interactive game is also avaliable here.Every there hours you can challenge three totally new Sudoku and earn free rewards.
This creative app allows you to create beautiful and unique plate patterns. The rotation of the plate lets you quickly and easily arrange various compositions. The process of applying decorations is relaxing and encourages you to experiment with the wide range of available ornaments.
Phase Spur is a casual puzzle game with cute little creatures. When they are happy, their spirit and cuteness endear everyone, so much so, it’s easy to get carried away by their cuteness. However, when they are disturbed, they can be quite annoying. So, here’s a thing, MAKE THEM HAPPY! The task is, arrange no more than two creatures in a line. As they are adamant in nature, no three creatures (not more than two) can exist along a line (vertical, diagonal and horizontal) from their point of view.
It’s a very challenging and entertaining 2d physics based race and skill game!
Use your skills to the limit! Try to get on each track bonuses by collecting stars and showing your skills. Use your in-game currency to buy other vehicles. When you fail, choose another vehicle and try a different method!
Wage war in this stunning modern warfare strategy game. COMMAND a powerful army, upgrade your defenses and arsenal, AND CONQUER the galaxy! The fate of human evolution lies in your hand. Choose the raw power of the Terrans or the superior technology of the Alterians. Be the hero your faction deserves, today!
Islands sometimes appear out of the blue in the clouds. The mysterious Pocket Kingdom is one of them. Wander around its districts, solve puzzles and listen to the weird stories told by the locals. Unveiling the place’s mysteries depends on it. So does getting out of it.
Poly Bridge, the hit bridge-building game, now on iPhone and iPad.
Unleash your engineering creativity with an engaging and fresh bridge-building simulator with all the bells and whistles.
Dozens of hours and over 100 levels of physics-based puzzle solving fun await you in the Campaign, requiring you to build all kinds of structures, ranging from simple light car bridges to multi-deck draw-bridges and jumps, just to name a few!
Quackers is a fun 2D game. You have to move Sir Quacksimus side to side, dodging the falling cages to keep him alive. You will earn a point for every cage you dodge, however, they will fall faster and faster as the time you are alive for increases.
Are you looking for a real challenge? Then try to beat this hardcore puzzle platformer game!
Try to find your way through increasingly difficult mazes. In order to be successful, you’ll need logic, patience, timing and reaction skills. Compete against time, choose your strategy and rush through exciting levels!
Similar to titles such as Flappy Bird and Stack, this one-tapper brings addictiveness to a whole new level. SpinUp introduces simple arcade-style gameplay that has never been introduced before on any platform.
Did you ever dream of taking a taxi without having to pay for it? Yes!? Then Taxi Surfer will make your dream come true. Taxi Surfer is a simple but challenging isometric one-tapping arcade game in a beautiful blocky design. Jump from one taxi to another, but make sure to avoid the other cars on the road. You start surfing taxis in New York City. By collecting coins several other cities, such as Beijing, Munich, Mexico City and London can be unlocked. Every world comes with a unique scenery and music.
Noodlecake just released Bouncy Hoops [Free], but the releases from the prolific publisher continue unabated. Next up for them is Flipping Legend, a game that Jared in particular was a fan of back at GDC. Developed by Hiding Spot Games, this title promises simple gameplay with surprising depth. You tap left and right on the screen to jump diagonally forward in that direction, with the ability to backflip onto the previous square. You can bop enemies, which will refill your ever-draining health bar. Each character will have special abilities to help take on the foes ahead of them, which you’ll need as you’ll have to work ever more efficiently to stay alive.
What’s interesting is that there’s a whole custom skill tree for each character, with customizations and upgrades to various abilities. This does have the potential to be a lot deeper than most endless games, and GDC impressions were really strong. Check out our hands-on video from the show:
I’m also impressed by the visuals, which manage to combine voxels with some well-done effects in a 3D world, to make the game look like it’s a low-resolution pixel art game, with signs of just that art throughout the experience. It’s an interesting combo, to say the least, and I’m interested to see for myself how this all shakes out when the game releases on June 14th.