Terra Noctis ($.99) is reminiscent of classic 2D platformers that require the player to navigate from one side of the map to the other while collecting items used to unlock levels and additional worlds along the way.
Staying alive as you kill enemies and find secret collectibles is both addicting and challenging. You then spend these items on unlocking bonus levels or new worlds. This game has great replay value because of the three unique difficulty levels and multiple collectibles that keep gameplay interesting.
The game has you playing as Allen, the incarnation of a "small nightmare", but he isn't as scary as the ones that keep you up at night. You guide Allen through the levels with different items and abilities, trying to collect everything you can. The pixel art graphics and music here are notable, especially the layered backgrounds that blend with the environment. Each world looks and sounds better than the last.
What I like most about this game is the retro-platformer feel that is reinforced by finding secret areas and collectibles, and by the simplicity of its controls. Playing levels multiple times for 100% completion never gets old.
For only a buck, Terra Noctis is a game that anyone who loves Mario or other classic platformers should definitely pick up. It's a beautiful game on both the iPhone and the iPad that gives you hours of classic side-scrolling gameplay.
Guest post by Jordan Schmidt - @JSchmidty
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