- Generous collision detection adds a sense of flow to running around the level; you never feel short-changed on a jump, making it feel like your own success or failure.
- Basic concepts introduced at a steady pace; bonus objectives start out at as a generous challenge - a great mix for casual and hardcore alike. Beautifully atmospheric presentation; ethereal in almost every sense of the word.
- Key fireflies act as checkpoints, but don't save 'bonus bear' progress; possible bug?
- Double-tap to run/walk can occasionally mess up in mid-air; makes quick-jumping sections a bit of a gamble.
Penumbear takes the simple idea of 'walking on light' and runs wild with it, turning a solid platformer in to an absolute gem thanks to its beautiful atmosphere, brain-scratching puzzles, and dastardly challenges for those who need to go the extra mile.
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Penumbear by Taco Graveyard and Bulkypix doesn't pull any punches. All too often the App Store finds itself burdened with titles that evoke the likeness of games we know and love, but so few go as far as to understand what made them great and come up with something entirely new in the process.
With nothing more than the ability to run back and forth, jump, and activate various switches in the world, you'll need to solve a complex series of stages that beg you to scratch a little deeper and find the challenge hidden within.
Simply making it to the exit is a challenge. Standing in your way are broken beams of light. Ordinarily they'd pose no obstacle, but Penumbear is a strange creature and can walk on the borderline between the light and dark. Of course this also means that light can be used as a barrier, however with a little help from a firefly Penumbear can switch these lights on and off, changing the very landscape and how he and other creatures interact with it.
Some enemies are attracted to the light, while others perish in it. Some blocks can only manifest in the shadows, while others love the light. Yet more obstacles remain invisible until you come close enough to almost touch them - it's a dangerous world and this doesn't even begin to cover the bosses you'll need to fight.
Simply surviving is a challenge all on its own, but for those who consider themselves true explorers, collecting all of the game's hidden objects will prove to be a real head-scratcher. Hidden passageways, leaps-of-faith and fine-tuned platforming all stand in your way of these alternative objectives; some are such a pain that the game gives you the ability to 'brag' and upload a video to show off your 'mad skills'.
Penumbear is a platformer with a soul. The controls are so smooth you start to wonder if the game is secretly reading your mind, and in the meantime you find yourself being drawn further and further in to the world of light and shadow thanks to its beautifully designed environments and haunting soundtrack.
This is platforming as it should be - a simple thing to pick up and play, but a real test of your skills when you start to explore its boundaries. An easy game to recommend for all gamers.
DescriptionPenumbear awakens in a dark castle basement, completely alone aside from a small purple firefly to keep him company. Luckily this firefly has a special ability to turn lights off and on, and Penumbear has his own unique ability to walk on the lines where shadow and light meet!
PENUMBEAR is a classic platformer with an emphasis on danger, exploration and puzzle solving. Each of the game’s 100 levels combine lights and blocks to create drastically different layouts for Penumbear to explore as he tries to find his way out of the dark castle.
He’ll explore the castle’s basement with it’s shadowy creatures and tentacles, before traveling to the grimy and spiky dungeon, the vast cavern, up the fireplace and through the tower to reach his freedom. Along the way he’ll encounter increasingly vicious monsters, fiendish puzzles, and gigantic bosses determined to stop his progress.
Hundreds of fellow bears are hidden through the castle and it’s up to Penumbear to save them all. Secrets are in every corner; secret levels, warp zones, special achievement bears and especially elusive Golden bears. Taking the time to fully explore the castle’s many levels will prove rewarding!
Penumbear is an immersive experience that recalls the best of classic platformers while presenting something new and exciting for the genre.
-Walk on lights and shadows
-Over 100 levels to explore
-Tons of secret to discover (Levels, bonus bear, new characters ...)
-An entire castle with many trap to face of
-Fight giant bosses during your trip
-Game Center Achievements
We hope that you enjoy Penumbear.
Do not hesitate to give us your feedback or to recommand the game to your friends.
Thank you, Team Taco Graveyard and Bulkypix.
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