In our latest review, Nathan from Indie Game HQ takes a look at Drummer Games’ platformer, 14px. Created by Rob Allison, 14px is a fun yet challenging, and sometimes frustrating, platformer. The game is currently available on Android for free and iOS for $0.99/£0.69. All the needed links are below the review.
GAME NAME: 14px
DEVELOPER(S): Drummer Games
PUBLISHER(S): Drummer Games
GENRE(S): Puzzle, Platformer
RELEASE DATE(S): Dec. 6, 2012
We would like to thank Drummer Games for giving us the opportunity to review their latest title. For more, please check out 14px’s website.
14px is a fast-paced platformer that mixes challenging levels with very cute aesthetics. The game features 70 unique levels, plus an online level editor that allows you to create and share your own custom levels.
- 70 Levels
- Regular updates
- Online level editor
- Create and share levels
- Game Center Achievements (iOS)
- Game Center Leaderboards (iOS)
14px is, as I’ve stated probably multiple times, fun and challenging. The game itself can be taken slow, but most of the time you are relying on quick thumb movements to dodge a wide array of deadly traps and enemies. Including: Spinners, Double Spinners, Lava, Flying Spikey Things, Spikes, Fast Walkers, Faster Walkers, Lazers, and the infamous falling to your death. Luckily, 14px has a built-in stats menu to commemorate your failures.. Fantastic..
“Watch out for flying spikey things” – Rob Allison
The controls for 14px are simple enough, 3 on-screen buttons; a left arrow moves you left, a right arrow that moves you to the right, and an up arrow that allows you to jump. The great thing about these buttons on a full touchscreen is the fact that they aren’t very obstructive. The buttons are small enough that they don’t get in the way yet big enough for people with larger thumbs, and are very responsive.
Your main goal in each level is to rescue your blobby friends that are trapped in square glass cases. (The number of these varies through each level.) There are also small colored orbs you can collect that will raise your score and increasing your chance for 3 stars. As the levels get increasingly harder, you’ll have to dodge more enemies and traps to get the highest score possible.
If you find yourself smashing your head against your phone because you can’t beat a level, do not fret! There are four special characters with their own special ability that you can purchase with the orbs (mentioned below) you collect throughout levels.
There are currently 70 unique levels in 14px, but that number grows with each update. Don’t worry though, if you beat all the levels and are currently awaiting an update, there just so happens to be an online level editor. Using the editor, you can create and share levels with your friends creating an endless supply of fun and frustration.
The soundtrack for 14px features a very fast paced techno-esque style of music and it works very well with the gameplay. The music can get somewhat repetitive at times, especially with extended playtime. Despite the repetitiveness, the music is very catchy and definitely sticks with you.
As for the rest of the audio effects, everything has a very detailed sound. You’ll hear blips when picking up orbs, glass smashing when rescuing your buddies, a very nice clicking noise when selecting items and browsing menus, a sort of squishing noise every time you die, and not to mention all the different sounds for triggers, traps, and lasers.
All of the sound in 14px is very well done and your ears will be left in a state of auditory satisfaction.
The art style in 14px has a somewhat familiar feel to it, but sets itself apart with some great particle effects and crisp visuals. Everything is very pretty to look at and does not fall short on the eye candy.
My favorite, yet most hated, graphically pleasing thing in 14px has to be the Lazer. You can see the surge of energy and power ripping through the air like bolts of blue lightning. Terrifyingly beautiful and dangerous, like most of the obstacles in 14px.
Down to the Nitty Gritty
Overall, 14px is a fantastic mobile game full of fun, frustration, great music and sound effects, and even better visuals. Even though some levels can be tough, I’d recommend giving it a shot.
If you’re an Android user, you’ve got nothing to lose by downloading the game. If you enjoy it, you can click the heart in the top right of the main screen to donate to the developer. As for iOS 14px is priced at $0.99/£0.69, and for this amount of content and enjoyment, I’m surprised it’s that cheap.
14PX | Just The Drummer | Android | iOS | Level Editor
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