Wacoon Jump! - Super Land Platformer Review
- From the slow build of the level music to the fun, cartoony sound effects, the sound design is excellent.
- Backflips, butt-stomps, different hats; it's a cuter version of Mario.
- Controls are a little fiddly and unresponsive.
A cute platformer with a lot of personality. It borrows heavily from the Mario playbook, but in the right way, only being let down by some control issues.
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The heyday of the platformer was the 16-bit era of the early 90s. At this time many games tried to emulate the success of those on top of the genre, but few really came close to understanding what made the Marios and Sonics work so well. Lately on the iPhone we've seen a small resurgence of the 2d platformer, and Wawa Land is the latest entry. What we have here is a game that has a lot of great ideas wrapped in good presentation. Why are these good ideas you ask? Well because most of them were lifted from Super Mario himself.
Wawa is a cute little bat-raccoon-thing, we're not really sure. What we do know is he's on a quest to rescue the kidnapped royal jelly and he has many tools in his arsenal to help him do so. Like all good platformers, stomping is his greatest asset. Jumping on enemies will incapacitate them, and pressing down in mid-air will unleash the dreaded butt-stomp. Wawa can wall jump to reach new heights, and holding down while pressing jump will unleash a very Mario-esque backflip.
There's also hats. For instance the tornado helmet allows you to unleash the dreaded tornado attack, and other hats grant bonuses such as the ability to throw bombs. All of this is handled by on screen buttons and a d-pad, and here's where everything falters a bit. Platformers need solid, responsive controls, especially platformers with as much effort put into them as this. The controls aren't bad, but you will find yourself not pressing the right buttons at times, and maybe that spin or jump didn't work when you needed it to. It won't impede your progress at all, but it makes the journey a bumpy one instead of the smooth ride you'd be expecting.
And everything else is excellent. The music and sound design is a highlight, with the level and character design being vibrant and full of secrets. Wawa land feels like it would be right at home during the 16-bit days and it would do quite well for itself. Unfortunately, it lacks the solid control available from that era, and that hurts this otherwise recommended game.
Description"Wacoon Jump! will sit on all of your devices as King Of The Platformers." -GamerEuphoria
“A must-have for platforming fans.” -iFanzine
"I know you’re all going to want to download it as quick as a rabbit." -AppAdvice
Over 160.000 players are already totally WacooooOoOON!!
Are you ready to play Wacoon Jump!? If you love collecting coins, stomping critters, getting powers and discovering tons of secrets & bonus... well, let's go!
Wacoon Jump! is an advanced 2D platformer that brings the console gaming experience to your iPhone and iPod Touch!!!
Along this incredible adventure, play as Wacoon, a heroic and funny character who must save The Royal Jelly recently kidnapped by critters. Wacoon will find himself dragged in a grand quest that will lead him through amazing and gorgeous places where he will be dealing with many traps and monsters who are, for some, able to help each others.
To face these trials, use Wacoon’s abilities such like the wall jump, the backflip, or even the ground pounding. You will also get powers like the Tornado’s Helmet, which allows you to spin, or the Pirate’s Scarf! By practicing, you will perform super stylish moves, and then gain access to secret areas and bonus!
• Wacoon Jump! is a full premium console platformer on iOS!
• Absolutely stunning graphics with Retina Display!
• A lovely cartoon-jazzy soundtrack!
• Tons of achievements and leaderboards on Game Center
• So much worlds to explore!
• Get super powers like the Tornado's Helmet, the Pirate's Scarf, or even the Bathing Cap!
• A lot of secrets & bonus to find and collect!
• Regular updates with new features and upgrades!
• A complete controls customization system!
• iCade ready!
• Hours and hours of gameplay!
“There is something for everyone, from hardcore gamer to the casual player, who will discover a game full of twists and varied levels. 9.2/10” -FrenzyLab
“Just gorgeous!” -CaughtInMyWeb
And you? What are you waiting to begin the adventure?
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Published and developed by Play Fripp
What's New in Version 1.9Wacoon Jump is now fully compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ; and supports MFi Game Controllers!
It has also been updated to 64bits to ensure the best performances.
Play Fripp is committed to ensuring Wacoon Jump is always at its best. We appreciate your patience and your feedback is always valued!
If you have any more issues, please contact us at http://www.playfripp.com/contact/ . We’re here to help!
- MAJOR CHANGES -
[ADD] ENGINE - iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus full support
[ADD] ENGINE - App is now 64 bits
[ADD] CONTROLS - Now compatible with MFi Game Controllers!
- MINOR CHANGES -
[FIX] GAMEPLAY - Balanced timeout logic in levels
[FIX] BUG - GameCenter: Local & online achievements not being sync. properly
[FIX] BUG - Going back to the Planet from Ch. 3 would lead to Ch. 1
[FIX] GFX - New App Icon
[FIX] GFX - New Splashscreen
[FIX] GFX - Removed visual water glitches on iPads
[FIX] GFX - Little areas were stuck at bottom left of the screen
[FIX] OTHER - Replaced the "Gift this App" btn with a "More Games" btn
[FIX] OTHER - Now, does not prompt for rating at startup
[FIX] OTHER - Removed asking for control mode at first start
[FIX] OTHER - Removed asking to redirect to Shop in some cases
[FIX] OTHER - Removed all push notifications
[3RD] Cocos2d - Migrated to cocos2d v2.2 (custom)
[3RD] Crittercism - Updated SDK to 5.2.0