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Developer: In Images
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Little Ghost is a 2D platform game that sees the player hunt down keys so that they can unlock the exit and escape the level. Despite lacking challenge, it features some of the most responsive touch-screen controls I’ve come across.

There doesn’t seem to be any sort of narrative drive behind Little Ghost. Collecting gems and finding keys seem to be what pushes the little guy forward, and who are we to question that?

Each of the 30 levels has a key hidden somewhere within, and it’s down to the player to locate the key and then make their way to the exit, which will then be unlocked. Along the way there are plenty of enemies to get rid of, which is done by jumping on their heads.

Traps are also present, such as spike pits and retractable spikes, so theoretically the player has to keep their wits about them. Unfortunately, unless the player lacks any prior experience with platform titles, Little Ghost is extremely easy and won’t take particularly long to beat.

On the plus side, the game has some wonderfully smooth touch-screen controls. A lot of iOS platform games I’ve come across suffer from a bit of lag or stickiness, with a notable pause between me manipulating the virtual thumb-stick and the character moving.

Not so with Little Ghost, as it all feels instantaneous, meaning precision jumps and even easy direction changes in mid-air. I’d like to see a system this responsive coupled with a more challenging platformer, to really put it through its paces.

Graphically the characters look nice and crisp, although the game suffers from background repetition. The music also seems to be the same song over and over again, albeit sometimes the pitch changes to reflect the player entering a new world.

Little Ghost is a well-designed game that’s just far too easy, although that’s not to say it isn’t enjoyable. The controls also deserve some kudos too, as they are very well done.

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