Mikey Boots is out now for your iPhone and iPad, and it’s a rarity: a full-price iOS game without any in-app purchases or any ads. It’s a model that’s served developers Mike Meade and Mike Gaughen well with their previous Mikey games, Mikey Hooks and Mikey Shorts, both of which were chosen as one of the best games of 2012 and 2013, respectively.
I’ve played some of Mikey Boots and it’s just as fun and just as infuriatingly addictive as the last two. My kids beat my times through each level repeatedly and they lord it over me, like the little talented jerks they are. Twitch skills, indeed.
While the previous two titles had your little character, Mikey, running, jumping and grappling his way through level after level filled with crazy traps, spiky obstacles and tricky enemies, this one has him (or his female companion) flying through each level with a pair of rocket boots. How can you not love rocket boots?
Here’s a video to show you how that all plays out.
See? It’s adorable.
The two developers of BeaverTap Games met up and created their first game over a love of the speed run platform games Hook Champ and Super QuickHook, two grappling hook games by Rocketcat Games. Mikey Boots delivers similar gameplay, with stars awarded per level based on how fast you can run the level successfully, as well as how many coins you can collect, a staple of the genre since Super Mario Bros.
You’ll fly (and sometimes run) your way through six different environments for a total of 42 levels, collecting coins and finding hidden Golden Shorts, a nod to the Mikey Shorts game. You use the coins to purchase 230 different character customization disguises, which let you fly through the levels with all sorts of hats, eyeglasses, boots, and facial hair. The game hascontroller support for official Made for iPhone (MFi) controllers as well as iCloud support so you can keep your progress from your iPhone to your iPad and back.
With a pay once business model and fun, easy to learn, hard to master gameplay, Mikey Boots is a game worth paying for. Now I’ve got to get back to trying to out-fly my children.
Head on over and grab your own copy of Mikey Boots for a measly two bucks, why don’t you, and see how far you can get.