Traps n’ Gemstones review (iOS / Universal)

July 25, 2014

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10 word description: Metroidvania style platform exploring action/puzzle game. Game Center.  

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10 word review: Loads of fun; classic genre in Donut style. Highly recommended.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Exploration platform games (Castlevania / Super Metroid). 

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The good news: Instantly fun; great controls + varied and well-designed rooms/levels. Loads of content and a constant sense of progression as you discover new items (whip, gun, etc.) and open up  new areas. No IAPs.


The bad news: No cloud sync. 

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Arcadelife verdict: This is a great game; pure, enjoyable Metroidvania gameplay with no IAPs to get in the way of actually playing and enjoying the game. It starts off fairly easily as you are introduced to the various gameplay elements but the challenge soon increases with traps and puzzles becoming tougher.

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Your score (coins collected) is reset when you die, although your overall progress is not, which makes achieving a massive high score an elusive and entirely optional goal.

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Overall – bloody brilliant, a new benchmark for iOS platform adventures and a joyful kick in the nuts for cynical, greed-inspired IAP-bloated freemium garbage.

Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 9.5/10
Visuals – 9/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 9.5/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 9.5/10


Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.00
iTunes link

Donut Games website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
5th gen iPod Touch (iOS 7.1.2)
4th gen iPad (iOS 7.1.2)
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.

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