Developer: Wither Studios
Price: $1.99
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPad Air

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½ 
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

There are those games that scream “look at me, I’m different.” With a style not dissimilar from the eerily beautiful puzzle-platformer Limbo, Crowman & Wolfboy is decidedly one of those games that has just enough intrigue to warrant some attention.

IMG_0285Our protagonists Crowman and Wolfboy are supposedly evil beings. That is until they decide on a whim that they are sick of being the bad guys, and decide to leave the land of all things sinister for pastures anew. Unfortunately for them being a deserter comes at a price, and it is up to Crowman and Wolfboy to escape the life-devouring Darkness that is following their every step.

In platformer fashion, players utilize intuitive swipe controls to run, jump, and climb through a series of levels while unlocking special abilities as they advance. As relentless and unforgiving as the Darkness may be it isn’t unstoppable, and collecting the three large light orbs throughout each level will considerably help push it back – albeit only temporarily. Truly clearing a level would require players to not only collect all three orbs, but also rescue the poor innocent creatures who have been stranded throughout the land of darkness. It may be a three-star system like any other, but the game sure packs a punch in terms of replayability by giving players the incentive to return to clear each level fully using newly acquired abilities each time. Crowman & Wolfboy is a game with heart, and stands tall against its competitors for simply being different.

What makes Crowman & Wolfboy exceptionally admirable is how it manages to sit on the fence between its mechanics as an endless runner and a platform game. The controls are incredibly tight and highly responsive, which in turn leaves no room for making mistakes. To get around, players just swipe the end of the screen to change directions and swipe upwards to jump. Though at first it starts fairly basic, as players progress Crowman and Wolfboy will both take turns in utilizing their own various skills and abilities to continue their adventure.

IMG_0284Undoubtedly the best aspects of Crowman & Wolfboy are the striking visuals and captivating soundtrack that manage to compliment each other perfectly. For those who are able to, playing the game on an iPad is highly recommended as the stunning artwork and solid animations are a marvel to look at on the 9.7 inch screen. With 35 exciting levels to play through, alongside the option to replay each stage for a better ‘star’ count, there is plenty here to provide endless hours of enjoyment – along with some bonus content to spice things up.

Sporting a unique visual style and an alluring yet ominous world, Crowman & Wolfboy is one to look out for.


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