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Lazy Caverns review (iOS / Universal)

March 19, 2014

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10 word description: 20 levels of Manic Miner (Spectrum) style single screen platforming. 

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10 word review: Faithful if rather unimaginative homage, marred by frequently treacherous controls.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Retro style platform games. Manic Miner. 

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The good news: Graphic style is very ZX Spectrum – nice if you like that sort of thing. Levels, although not direct copies of the Manic Miner screens, are full of familiar looking hazards and features. Music is nice. 

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The bad news: Controls are buttons where the touch area is just the button graphic. This leads to frequent deaths when the character doesn’t move, turn or jump because your finger was not exactly on the button image. Invisible vertical bars of touch area above the button graphics, as in most other game of this type, would be a huge improvement. 

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Arcadelife verdict: Fix the controls and sort out the score display, so you see an offline high score, otherwise this is a very nice Manic Miner tribute which also rates as a decent single screen platformer on its own merits. My overall enjoyment of the game was significantly reduced by the controls’ lack of reliability. If you force a player to keep looking at his fingers to check they’re on the buttons, you have already blown it as far as I’m concerned.

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Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 6/10
Visuals – 7.5/10
Controls – 5/10
Content – 7/10
Fun – 6.5/10
Final rating – 6/10

ALMOST MANIC

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.11
iTunes link
Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
5th gen iPod Touch (iOS 7.0.6)
4th gen iPad (iOS 7.0.6)
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.
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