The thought behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that each Friday afternoon we submit the one sport that got here out this week that we predict is price giving a particular nod to. Now, earlier than anybody goes over-thinking this, it would not essentially imply our Game of the Week decide is the highest scoring sport in a overview, the sport with the finest graphics, or actually every other quantifiable “finest” factor. Instead, it is extra simply us selecting out the single sport out of the week’s releases that we predict is the most noteworthy, stunning, attention-grabbing, or actually every other laborious to explain high quality that makes it price having if you happen to have been simply going to choose up one.
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After making a splash on consoles and PC final 12 months, developer CMGE have introduced their atmospheric 3D platformer Candleman [$2.99] to the App Store. Not being conversant in the sport on different platforms, I wasn’t fairly positive what to anticipate after I lastly put my arms on Candleman on iOS this week. I knew that it seemed actually cool in its screenshots, however these additionally led me to imagine that this might be some type of auto-runner sport. Not the case! This is actually a full-movement platforming sport, and whereas it would not essentially break any new floor in the style, its platforming is strong and constructed round a very cool mechanic, and the sport simply oozes attraction left and proper.
In Candleman you play as somewhat sentient candle who’s struggling to determine who he’s and why he’s on fireplace. After you come to life you are left to discover a really detailed however VERY darkish world. The method lighting is used on this sport is top-notch, and that cool mechanic I discussed earlier is your candle man’s capacity to gentle his wick on fireplace, lighting up the space you are in or activating sure objects. There’s a catch, although. You solely have ten seconds complete of gentle up time earlier than your wax melts away, so utilizing your individual flame sparingly is an element of the problem in Candleman.
While the sport would not break any new platforming floor, the degree designs listed here are sturdy and the simplistic controls assist that shine. You run round utilizing a digital joystick and swipe to leap, and holding down on the display lights your flame. There’s a purity to the whole sport being simply operating and leaping, and earlier than that has an opportunity to ever get stale the sport does throw some attention-grabbing curveballs your method through the use of your flame mechanic. For instance, sure platforms will solely be activated by you lighting them up, and can slowly fade away till you gentle them once more. This challenges each your platforming abilities in addition to your useful resource administration abilities, and it is quite a bit of enjoyable.
Candleman feels at the beginning about story, characters, and environment, with the strong platforming and lighting mechanics there to string all the pieces collectively. The solely main downside to the cellular model is that what’s out there proper now could be solely 6 of the usually 12 chapters of the full sport. I am unsure why they determined to separate it up that method, however the relaxation of the chapters needs to be arriving sooner or later this 12 months.
It’s not clear if they will be added through free replace or as paid DLC, however contemplating the sport is already completed and on different platforms I doubt there is a danger of them by no means releasing the relaxation of the ranges. Plus, proper the place the iOS model finishes off looks like a self-contained story anyway, so it is not such as you’ll get the feeling of taking part in one thing that is unfinished or unresolved. Still, I am unable to wait to play the second half of Candleman.
That oddity is less complicated to swallow on condition that Candleman on iOS is offered for a heavy low cost till April 10. Three bucks will get you the first 6 chapters, and it is a good 2 or three hours price of gameplay. It’s nonetheless cheaper than the full sport on different platforms which usually sells for $14.99. So, if you happen to like platformers and great environment, and you are not up in arms about ready for the ultimate chapters to launch at a later date, I actually cannot suggest Candleman sufficient as even simply half of this sport has introduced me extra pleasure and leisure than some full video games with dozens of extra hours of gameplay.