Penguins are pretty amazing.
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
Maybe you’ve seen March of the Penguins, and maybe you haven’t, but they’re brave little creatures who just happen to be food for some terrifying creatures. But they don’t let that get them down because they’re penguins, damn it, and that means something.
I’m not really sure where I’m going with this, but Adventure Beaks is a really fun new free-to-play iOS game where you lead an elite squad of penguins through a platforming adventure for fortune and glory. And you can jack some seals up while you’re at it, so that’s like icing on the cake.
But it’s the Antarctic, so it’s basically all icing, but you get my point.
Adventure Beaks works kind of like an endless runner because the penguins handle the “walking to the right” part themselves. It’s up to you to time their jumps, dives, and slides to avoid obstacles, pick up collectibles, and get to the end intact. If one penguin fails, the next one in line steps up, and as long as you have another penguin, you have hope.
You have two control schemes to choose from: One has you swiping up to jump and down to dive and slide, and the other lets you tap on the left side of the screen for diving and sliding and the right side for jumping. Both work just fine. I actually preferred the swiping setup, and that’s some brave new territory for me.
As long as you have another penguin, you have hope.
The level design is excellent, the checkpoints are generous, and you have plenty of collectibles to keep you going back for more exploration. Your main goal is to collect the eight artifact pieces in each stage, but you can also pick up coins and treasure chests. The chests contain items like jewels which earn you more coins, keys which allow you to open up new paths, and clothing items to make your penguins look awesome.
It’s a free-to-play game, but the only in-app purchases I found were to buy outfits. So you can just go ahead and play the game without worrying about gems or stamina or buying more penguins, and that’s a really welcome change because I really like playing this game, and it’s always nice when a game I enjoy doesn’t stop me from playing it.
| Game Name: : Adventure Beaks|
The Good: Good controls, cute penguins, and it’s a free-to-play game that is actually free.
The Bad: I have no idea what those coins do.
The Verdict: It’s a fun and charming platformer with a lot of replay value for completionists and no free-to-play shenanigans that I can see yet. Play it now.
Buy from: App Store – Adventure Beaks – GameResort LLC