App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Darthy is a 2D auto-scrolling platformer that offers tons of perilous jumps and instances where you need to dodge traps with great accuracy.
Making precise jumps using a touch screen sounds like an exercise in nightmare-weaving but Darthy does a very curious thing. Instead of placing the left-hand movement button adjacent to the right-hand button, it positions the left-hand button just slightly above (and beside) the right.
It's a small adjustment, but it goes a long way towards eliminating the usual issues that plague touch screen-based controls.
That's good, because Darthy is a fun platformer. It's not perfect, but it's charming and meaty enough to give you an enduring case of one more go.
Darthy is tasked with freeing his robot brethren, a job that requires him to run, roll, and fly across several levels.
There are a lot of tricky jumps to make and the levels auto-scroll. The movement isn't enough to interfere with the game in any significant way, but it's just enough to add a little spice to the challenge.
However, there is one problem with Darthy's auto-scrolling feature. If you touch the left side of the screen, you die. It's a weird rule that doesn't exist in any other auto-scroller that I know of.
Maybe it has something to do with the darkness surrounding Darthy's environment (a spotlight lights up the immediate area, another factor that ups the game's challenge levels).
Either way, it's unnecessary. There's more than enough challenge here to keep players occupied.
It should also be noted that while Darthy has plenty of checkpoints (yay!), you're booted to the title screen whenever you restart. That means it takes a while to get back into the action (boo!).
The bottom line
Overall though, Darthy is a sharp little action game that platforming fans should try out. Heck! It's free! So why not save some robots?