I’m generally not a big fan of the puzzle platform genre; it just feels somewhat outdated to me as a concept. I understand the nostalgia that powers a lot of the sales behind it, but am an alien to it myself. The truth is – almost everything that could have been dreamed up, already has been. Or so I thought before trying out Cavorite, a recent addition to the App Store with a unique concept wrapped beneath seemingly traditional graphics.
Cavorite seems to be rather a traditional puzzle platformer many of us remember from the good old days of the early consoles. The genius behind Cavorite – the anti-gravity spray – Dr. Cavor is kidnapped by the mysterious Selenites. Striving to escape he has to make his way up through the Moon’s catacombs, collecting pieces of his ship on the way to get back home and warn the population of the impending threat.
Classic to the genre the deceptively simple goal on each level is to reach the exit point. Considering all levels take place each on a single iPhone screen, what could be so difficult about that right? Well for starters, the Selenites don’t provide you with a clear path to the destination, and they’ll try to stop you with all their might. This means that your only friend on the level is your trusty cavort spray gun, sending crates soaring into the skies for a limited time. And if you’re quick, he can even grab on to them superhero-style.
The original game mechanic turns the common concept upside-down and provides ample exercise for that gray matter most people call a brain. And if this was not enough, you’ll also need to watch out for parts littered across the levels, which are required to fix the spaceship at the very end. If you miss one you’ll have to return for it later on, so it’s better to grab everything from the get-go. Finally, not every level can be solved purely through peaceful means – the three boss battles will tax your skills in creative use of the environment to bring an end to those pesky Selenite leaders.
Visually Cavorite boasts classic 16-bit graphics of the early 90s. This effect is further augmented by the chiptune sountrack most of us know and even love. Unfortunately for me this is the game’s biggest “flaw”. IMHO more and more developers are hiding behind the “classic” tag to mask their inability or unwillingness to produce modern high quality graphics and audio. But again, that’s just my opinion.
Cavorite is definitely one of the most entertaining platformers I’ve laid my hands on in a long time. The original concept makes for an addictive and fun experience and the retro graphics and soundtrack definitely have an audience of their own. If you’re looking for a nice puzzle plat former, Cavorite is worth your attention, especially if you have fond memories of Mario and the like.
With this I declare Cavorite officially touched!
|Title:||Cavorite||Developer:||Cascadia Games LLC|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0.1||Min OS Req:||4.1|