Gameloft has brought us a great new platformer, Castle of Magic. This platformer went far above and beyond my expectations (which were already very high). I know that most iPod users would like to see a Mario game on the app store, but since Nintendo markets the Nintendo DS, that isn’t going to happen. Luckily, this 2.5D platformer fills the role quite nicely.
Castle of Magic provides five worlds with three levels each. There are also six unique boss battles throughout the game. As you progress, you are rated on each level by a series of stars (one, two, or three stars). Each world is completely unique and beautifully created. In addition, there are plenty of power ups and bonuses to collect in each level. I would often sit down to play for just a few minutes and end up playing much longer than expected. There is a great addicting quality to the game. In addition, the virtual d-pad works very well as opposed to some other games I have played. The hot spots are even big enough for those with big hands.
Beautiful Environments: Each world looks great and feels very fluid. The enemies are creative, the obstacles are unique, and the themes are consistent. Even the menu is interactive in a manner similar to the newer Mario offerings.
Polish: This game feels like a $9.99 game, but you can buy it for only $4.99. I was really impressed with the quality of this game. It surpasses all other platformers currently available. Of course, Gameloft is known to deliver a consistent level of quality in their games.
Framerate: The animations are very smooth, and I did not have any issues with the framerate. This is very important for a platformer like Castle of Magic. This helps give the game a very fluid and dynamic feel.
More Levels…Please: I just wish there were more levels. Castle of Magic was so fun to play that I was sad when I finished it. I would like to see additional worlds added as updates. That is about the only negative I could find. There is plenty of play time in Castle of Magic, but all good things come to an end.
I thoroughly enjoyed Castle of Magic, and I would recommend it to anyone. It is the best platformer you can buy on the app store by a long shot. The game looks good, plays as it should, and provides an experience that is beyond the quality of most app store offerings. That being said, Castle of Magic has earned our top honors…the rating of Must Have!