A Skeleton Story...The Game Review
- Stylish visuals.
- Unique platforming gameplay.
- Upgrades and powerups for a bit of variety.
- Gameplay elements don't mesh well.
- Delayed firing and obscured visuals add unnecessary difficulty.
A Skeleton Story... The Game is an interesting mix of elements that can be fun for a while, but the quickly scaling difficulty and clunky controls will eventually put an end to that enjoyment.
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'A Skeleton Story... The Game' by KF Lab has launched its way on to the App Store and I can't help but feel I'm a little out of the loop. While I know this is a title based on a comic book, I wasn't able to get a hold on any of the work prior to playing this Canabalt-style runner and it seems as though I should have known more before going in.
I say 'Canabalt-style', but this isn't strictly true; think of the game as more of a platformer where you're forced to constantly run by the need to stay in range of your pet cat. The game uses a virtual d-pad to move left, right and duck (though ducking rarely seems useful) and players can shoot or jump using two buttons on the other side. There's a bit of a delay with the shooting, which makes it hard to react in time when fending off your enemies, but this becomes less of an issue when you realize your thumb covers most of the area where the game indicates upcoming enemies, making it almost impossible to get shots off before jumping straight in to them.
The one shining beacon in all of this mess is the visual style, which I can only assume is taken directly from the comic's artist. The game looks simply amazing and the opening animation really got me fired up to try this title, alas, to no payoff.
Sadly a visual style can't hold up the titles messy gameplay and unless you're a die-hard arcade fan this title can be avoided for now.
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THE IS A SIDE-SCROLLER PLATFORM GAME (AS SHOWN IN THE ITUNES SCREEN) - IF YOU DON'T LIKE THIS KIND OF GAME, PLEASE STOP COMMENTING LIKE IF IT IS SOMETHING ELSE! LIKE DOING SO YOU JUST LOWER THE RATING WITHOUT ANY REASON. THANKS!///
Two new controllers added (total of 4):
1) TAP mode (fast and addictin' gameplay!);
2) SLIDE mode (the original gameplay style);
3) DYNAMIC SLIDE mode (a pro version of the Slide mode);
4) AUTORUN mode (Well...This is not only a controller! That's a new gameplay!);
AUTORUN is the new gameplay mode where you have only two buttons to play: JUMP and SHOOT while your alter ego will run until you catch the cat or just dies! :D 5) WORLD MAP added!
Help Will in "The Land of Memories" where Will faces major difficulties, helped by new weapons funny weapons!
Use the Bazooka to disintegrate his enemies or destroy them in one shot with a powerful shotgun; use the ice bomb to paralyze your enemies!
Come back to the first world to face a more relaxing and easy world without be aware of crumbling platforms, TNT Boxes and more!
A suggestion? Jump on the spring to double jump, doing so you will have the chance to double your score and reach new highs!
A great wind blows from the land of memory, bringing omens and old sensations. The Kingdom of the Dead, where everything seems bound to eternal rest, is troubled by some obscure presence, an intruder…something alive! A loving kitten’s going to make this world up-side-down!
Will Musil, the skeleton detective, is at his desk in his office…he’s deep in a restless sleep, hovering between his dream and the memories of his past life, still unaware of what lies ahead…
The famous comic book "A Skeleton Story ..." has finally come to the AppStore! With its pleasant graphics already known to the fans of this comic book and its simple game-play, it will keep you stuck to play for hours! The game soundtrack will soon carry you in an enchanted, yet intriguing atmosphere, where you can challenge your friends thanks to the online ranking chart, or you can beat your record so to unlock various extra components in the game. Catch the kitten while jumping over the various buildings (Warning: Some are unsafe!) trying not to get killed by the enemies you meet on your way! Try to catch it as quickly as possible, collect many coins and boxes for further bonus, and surpass yourself! But be careful! If you hesitate too much, the kitten will run away and throw you off the scent not to be back again, so be quick and catch it!
There's an infinite number of levels; it's all up to you and your skills! Once you got the kitten, have a rest at Henry's pub, where you can improve and upgrade your skills including: running, jumping, human time, ammo and so on! During the game you will find the Sprint bonus. Just take it, and you’ll be three times faster when running and shooting!
In addition, you will find the letters to form the name of W-I-L-L, and when you have all the letters in the name you’ll transform and become invincible for some time!
You will also find Extra items in the game, such as 38 exclusive wallpapers to download but beware, not all of them are available, so you'll need to score higher and higher to unlock them one by one!
Unlock all the Achievements in Open Feint to get all the feint scores. Remember some of them are secret because just the very best of you fellas can unlock them... and you? Are you one of them?
What's New in Version 2.0- New World added
- 3 New tricky Obstacles
- 3 New Weapons: Shotgun, Ice Bomb, Bazooka!
- Extra points with Combos and Double Jump
- TNT Boxes