sIf you are a fain of the original Super Mario Bros. series by Nintendo, you will probably enjoy Way of the Turtle by Illusion Labs. In way of the turtle you play a turtle (actually two different turtles at different stages of the game). The turtles are trying to reunite with the each other, and you do this by traveling through various parts of an island in a Mario type style game.
There are coins to collect, little creatures to avoid and jump on, and obstacles to get through. Sound familiar? However, in this game the coins actually help you. You can sell them at a store for objects like a map and other items. There are also gems to collect which you trade in at the store as well. Once you have the map you can jump to various parts of the island you have already been too.
You are also collecting different turtle shells along the way which offer different powers needed at different points of the game. One shell has the turtle stop and go into the shell, another shell gives the turtle the power to dash over gaps and other spaces and the third give a spinning battle action.
My biggest problem with the game is changing the shells. At different parts of the game you have to switch shells and are prompted to do so. However, you can only switch shells at the prompt, not before or after it. When prompted the first time you don't even know what shell you need, or if you already have the right one. I have found myself time and time again going ahead in the game and losing a life because I have the incorrect shell on because I switched to the wrong one or didn't switch at all. It would be great if you can switch anywhere on the fly.
The power to stop the turtle comes in very important since the game is a constant scroller. You can change direction by swiping, but the turtle is constantly on the move unless you stop or hit an obstacle like a wall. The scrolling nature of the game does change from pure side view to more angled and straight away at different parts of the game. It adds an element of variety and makes it more challenging.
Speaking of challenging, the controls do take getting used to and you have to learn how to switch direction on a dime for some of the harder obstacles like floating platforms. The game does work with a controller, and it is much better with a controller. Moving the turtle, activating powers, and even switching shells is a lot easier with a controller.
One nice feature is that saved games sync between phones, iPad, and AppleTV via iCloud. One twitter user told me that there were issues with AppleTV saves, however I have not found this to be the case. Your mileage may vary here. There are also frequent checkpoints throughout the game levels so you can continue from "fair" points in the game instead of having to go back and repeat something over and over again.
Overall, Way of the Turtle is a lot of fun and worth the download. I know I will be keeping it on my iPad and trying the get to the end of the game.
Arcade Reviews Ratin: 4 out of 5
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