As someone who grew up on two-dimensional video games, I always get a bit nostalgic when I see modern developers pay a tribute to old-school gaming by re-creating the same kind of environment.
Chuck B Blast is a new game for iPhone and iPad which pays homage to old-school gaming and it does it incredibly well.
Developed by Pearl Computing, this action-packed platformer features hours of gameplay and unique tap-to-move controls.
Concept and Gameplay:
When you first open Chuck B Blast, there’s a detailed introduction that appears on the screen. This intro gives you a background story of Chuck and his mission to infiltrate a planet that is on a collision course with Earth.
There are three different levels to play through, and each level includes four acts that must be completed in order to unlock the next one. It’s worth noting that these levels are very intricate and lengthy, meaning you won’t be zipping through the game. Plus, the levels are actually fairly difficult to complete.
In order to control Chuck, players must On the screen to make him move. To shoot at enemies, players have to tap one of the weapon buttons at the bottom of the screen, then tap on the enemy to fire.
Swiping up on the screen will make Chuck jump, and swiping down while standing over a lever will toggle it.
This gameplay style is very different from typical arcade games that rely on an on-screen joystick, which gives players a ton of control over the character’s movement in Chuck B Blast.
If you happen to perish in any time during a level, you don’t have to worry about getting kicked back to the beginning of the level if you’ve made it far enough to pass a checkpoint.
Also, we especially like that Chuck B Blast doesn’t penalize you in any way for dying too many times.
While many games tend to punish players by forcing them to either purchase additional lives with real money, ask their Facebook friends for help, or wait a certain amount of time until lives replenish, Chuck B Blast really sets itself apart by doing just the opposite.
Lastly, players can upgrade Chuck’s weaponry by spending coins from destroying monsters. Perhaps the best part about this is that players can’t pay to win the game.
You have to earn every coin yourself, and there’s no way to spend money to get ahead. Chuck B Blast is completely free of in-app purchases.
Chuck B Blast is available to download from the App Store for $0.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. When it comes to value, I believe players are getting their money’s worth and more.
Overall, Chuck B Blast is perfect for those who want to relive the glory days of two-dimensional platformers without going broke.
We tip our collective hats to the developers for creating such a fantastic game that’s free of extra fluff and in-app purchases.
Chuck B Blast requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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