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If you’re a fan of the fiendishly clever perspective-shifting puzzler Fez, then we have a treat for you. Enter Sky Islands, a brand new mobile platformer that draws inspiration from the indie champion.
You play as a star who has to explore a wide variety of levels to collect more stars. The game takes place in the sky realm, which sums up the aesthetic on offer here.
Levels are relatively short, which is perfect for mobile gameplay. You use virtual controls to move right and left, and jump. With these simple controls, you can jump over platforms, on enemies’ heads, and gather stars.
That’s right, it does sound a lot like Super Mario. After all, you can’t have a 2D platformer without a bit of Mario inspiration.
How Does Perspective-Shifting Work?
The complexity comes from the perspective-shifting gameplay we mentioned earlier. You can swipe left and right to change the perspective of the level, completely altering how you navigate.
It might introduce new platforms to jump on, enemies to defeat, or hidden stars. This plays a significant role in the level design and is where the majority of the challenge comes from.
Unlike Fez, you can actually swipe and hold to see a 3D render of the entire level. This can help you figure out the exact 2D view you need to progress through a difficult spot.
Wait, is That an Ad?
There is some bad news though. While the game is free, you will encounter ads after beating a few levels. However, you can turn these off with a single purchase, and it’s only $3.
If you’d like to check out Sky Islands, go ahead and grab it from Google Play. Or, if it doesn’t quite appeal to you, check out our list of the best new Android games this week.
Source: Droid Gamers