Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Furdemption is a puzzle-platformer starring a rabbit wearing a crown and in search of feathers. Although it's an odd premise it looks and animates super well, which helps to give legs to the solid gameplay. Despite all of this though, it has a hard time rising above all of the other puzzle-platformers out there, primarily because - with only some slight differences - the experience is mostly a familiar one.
To play Furdemption, players select levels and then have to swipe to move the rabbit protagonist around in order to collect coins and reach the feather. Upon reaching the feature, the rabbit does a little celebratory flip and the level ends. Simply swiping to spot where the feather is won't do though, as buzzsaws, lava, bombs, reapers, and other dastardly obstacles usually stand between the rabbit and the feather.
Unlike some other puzzle-platformers, Furdemption strikes a really good balance of cerebral puzzle-solving and twitch platforming. It only occasionally throws out an extra tricky puzzle or hectic platforming sequence, while mainly making sure that each stage is just challenging enough to make it satisfying when beat without requiring tons and tons of retries. That being said, if players do find themselves dying a lot in a particular stage, it offersa skip level option so that they can progress through the 80 initial stages without getting hung up on any specific designs.
In terms of drawbacks, Furdemption's main issue is its lack of a retry button. It's hard to say whether this was an intentional design choice or not, but whenever players get themselves stuck in a level the only option to restart is through killing the bunny by running into a buzzsaw, jumping into lava, etc. This isn't a huge problem as there are always plenty of ways for players to sacrifice the cute rabbit king, but it doesn't seem like the most efficient way to try again in what is otherwise a fairly tight and polished experience. On top of the lack of retry button, sometimes Furdemption's swipe controls don't seem as precise as something like a virtual d-pad might be. In some of the levels that require some tight timing, I found that sometimes my swipes would be interpreted as taps or otherwise register a different direction than intended, which was the cause of some frustration.
Overall though, Furdemption is mainly a really well made puzzle-platformer. Its high quality and sense of balance might be a huge draw for some, but this general genre might feel like well-worn territory for others. I am generally positive abou titdespite its familiarity, primarily because of its awesome style, though your mileage may vary.