Mr. Dreamer, a vertical runner from Strapped To A Meteor, is now available from the app store. Featuring colorful artwork, simple controls, and a quirky concept, Mr. Dreamer should appeal to young gamers everywhere.
Mr. Dreamer Pros:
- Candy-themed pastel presentation and smooth animation
- Sugary sweet soundtrack
- Tap controls are dead simple and very responsive
Mr. Dreamer Cons:
- Gameplay is very short and repetitive
- Not much in the way of bells or whistles
- No social gaming network integration
The main characters are Poncho and Cid, an unlikely pairing of creatures. These two enjoy candy, but don’t care for broccoli. From the get-go, they must traverse 8 colorful, candy-themed worlds, dashing upon a line that runs from the screen bottom to the screen top, twisting, turning, and looping along the way. They must be careful to stay atop the line, lest they fall off if they spend too much time running upside-down underneath. A cloud meter ticks away any time they are using anti-gravity powers, and it builds back up slowly while they remain atop this path. Along the way, the duo are collecting bits of candy to boost their score, while avoiding broccoli and bombs that impact their ability to remain on the line. Worlds last about a minute or two, so the total length of gameplay is relatively short. Switching back and forth between sides of the line is as simple as tapping anywhere on-screen, which is the only input method necessary. There are also speed boosts to quicken your pace and collectible power-ups, which create a magnet-like effect when you nab three. This relieves you of the need to switch sides of the line in order to collect candy for a short time, while also giving you a speed boost.
Graphically, Mr. Dreamer is a bit on the simplistic side, though the pastel saturation invokes cheery, childlike feelings. The characters are cute (as far as tiny amorphous blobs go) and the different color schemes and twisting line segments should keep you on your toes. The soundtrack is also sugary sweet, and the tap controls were very responsive. Replay value is contingent on your initial enjoyment and the desire to increase your high score. GameCenter integration provides achievements to earn, as well. A universal app for $0.99, Mr. Dreamer earns a 3.5-Dimple score.
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