NyxQuest review (iPod/iPhone)August 15, 2011
♫ “Here I’ll live and die with my wings in the sky
And I won’t come down no more”
10 word description: Greek mythology themed platform adventure puzzling. Fly, explore, play god.
10 word review: Epic blend of platforming, exploring, puzzling, fireballs and sumptuous graphics.
You will like this if you enjoy: Platform adventures where gameplay hasn’t been sacrificed for great looks. Joust style tap-to-flap flying.
The good news: Looks fantastic, controls are good, theme and characters are not only very cool but a great change from tired iOS gaming standards, mixture of action/puzzling is close to perfect, plenty of checkpoints – avoids frustration and repetition, “God powers” enhance the usual platforming experience.
The bad news: Occasionally an object that you need to interact with (as the Finger of God) is behind one of the control buttons, requiring some fiddling to reposition the view in order to do what you want to do. Not a huge issue. After 4 levels, the desert-wasteland palette and images of “ruined ancient temples” start to lose their initial impact. Again, really not a huge issue. However, this game seems to destroy my iPod Touch battery, but that’s hardly surprising considering the demands the graphics engine must be making to keep the Retina display moving so consistently smoothly.
Arcadelife verdict: I really like every aspect of this game. The Joust style flying, limited here to 5 upward flaps and a glide, is neatly integrated into many of the puzzles and leads to some imaginative level design. Unlike most platform games, you not only control the central character but you can also directly interact with many game objects (blocks, pillars, fireballs, etc.) as a kind of “Finger of God”, which is a rather wonderful game mechanic and is utilised so fully throughout the game that it never feels like a gimmick.
As for the looks, it’s hard to think of another iOS game that has a similar style or that does the whole 2.5D thing quite this well. Chasms, towering pinnacles of rock, huge statues and countless ancient ruins scroll past with an epic splendour. Enemies are dark, shadowy and have a ghostly, insubstantial look, which gives them an air of menace as well as helping to make them stand out against the depth and complexity of the environment.
Overall, this is one of the best games I’ve seen for a while on the iOS devices and it appeals on many levels, not just as another platforming addiction.
Arcadelife rating: 92/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.01
Chillingo / NyxQuest website link