Traps n’ Gem­stones

And puz­zles, bats and spi­ders

Mac Format - - RATED -

£1.99 De­vel­oper Donut Games

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.0 Age 9+

This side-on plat­form game brings Metroid­style ad­ven­tur­ing to the iPad, fea­tur­ing a gemob­sessed, fe­dora-wear­ing In­di­ana Jones wannabe. He searches a pyra­mid, un­earthing relics and ob­jects that en­able fur­ther pro­gres­sion, and it soon be­comes clear the game’s es­sen­tially one huge puzzle of in­ter­lock­ing mini-chal­lenges.

Plat­form­ers rarely work on iOS, but the con­trols here are smart – well-placed on the screen, and they’re gen­er­ally re­spon­sive enough that any deaths will be down to you rather than the game.

If any­thing, though, the scor­ing sys­tem is even smarter. One hit from some­thing par­tic­u­larly nasty and you’re dead, but that only re­sets your score; you sim­ply pick up in the room where you left off.

This means you can me­thod­i­cally work your way through the game, or start from scratch and try to beat the high scores of friends that pop up as you play. Craig Gran­nell

An ap­proach­able, slightly se­date but ap­peal­ing iOS plat­form game, eas­ily among the best of its kind.

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