Buck and the Coin of Destiny Review
- Standard horizontal runner gameplay.
- Amusing cut scenes in story mode.
- Alternate unlockable arcade modes.
- Odd mechanics that can easily kill you off.
- Levels are repetitive instead of adding challenge over time.
If you're after a quick laugh or two, Buck and the Coin of Destiny delivers, but if you're after a fun replayable arcade title, this is an easy one to skip.
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It's nice to see a company that sells games putting their money where their mouth is and developing a videogame of their own. Buck and the Coin of Destiny by GameStop is a horizontal platform runner that stars their advertising mascot as he searches for... well... a coin.
In each of five levels Buck will start sprinting his way across the screen and all you have to do is tap to jump, holding for a slightly higher jump and tapping again in mid-air will give you a second jump to bridge large gaps or avoid that extra enemy. As you traverse through forests, caves, ships and foreign lands you'll collect various other coins for extra points, while the occasional invincibility power-up gives you a chance to plow through the enemies with casual abandon.
So far so ordinary for a horizontal runner, but a lot of little gameplay design choices ruin what should be an easy slam-dunk title. Hitting enemies will slow you down, but hitting them while running bounces you back, often in to a pit and ending your run; the difficulty only increases by adding more projectiles to avoid, making some runs almost impossible complete without lucky health pickups; and the random level designs can result in situations where avoiding one trap throws you directly down a pit or in to enemies in another.
While I've always wanted to try a game with this mascot, Buck and the Coin of Destiny is too short and riddled with balance problems and not even the amusing cut scenes make this more than just an average title for the genre.
Description"Buck and the Coin of Destiny is a cool little platformer for just 99 cents. I had a lot of fun blazing through it." - IGN.com
"If you ever laughed at one of GameStop's Buck the Bunny commercials, you owe it to yourself to play this game." - Slide to Play
"This is a sweet little platformer that you will learn to love." - Apps News
Join Buck the Bunny in his quest to find the mysterious and magical Coin of Destiny in this side-scrolling adventure!
Collect coins and double jump your way through randomly-generated levels - from perilous forests and lava caverns to ancient castles and a fleet of pirate ships - to find the Coin's resting place. Choose your difficulty in Story Mode, featuring animated cut-scenes and in-game achievements. When you're done with Story Mode, play each level separately in Arcade Mode, where you can rack up the highest score possible in a never-ending gauntlet of peril.
On your journey, you'll encounter coin bonuses, health boosts, and invincibility power-ups that let you smash through your enemies, transforming Buck into a knight, pirate, gunslinger and more!
- Randomly generated levels
- Animated cut scenes
- Endless arcade mode
- OpenFeint and Game Center support for achievements, leaderboards and score sharing
What's New in Version 1.06The next chapter of Buck and the Coin of Destiny is here! Follow Buck as he travels through time to claim the Coin of Destiny.
- All-new levels and cutscenes
- Additional costumes
- Dangerous new enemies