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Spitkiss certainly has one of the most unique setups for a platformer I’ve ever encountered. In this game’s world, there are beings known as spitkissers, who are human-like creatures that communicate via spit and emojis. What unfolds across the course of Spitkiss is a strange tale of polyamory, but the action is all driven through delightfully precise and creative platforming levels where you pilot a gob of spit from one spitkisser to another.
Send your love
Though it has a strange setup, Spitkiss is quite a bit like other platformers you’ve played before. Each level gives you a starting point, and you must get from this point to some end goal elsewhere in the stage. The only thing that makes this particularly unique in Spitkiss is the fact that you are starting at one lover’s mouth and trying to fling a loogie over to another lover, all while dodging spikes and other hazards.
To control your wad of saliva, all you have to do is pull and release (a la Angry Birds) to send your spit flying. Once your spit lands somewhere though, that’s not the end of things. In fact, once you land on a surface, you can actually shoot your spit once again, making Spitkiss about trying to use safe level spaces to give your spit the jumping power to reach its goal.
A kiss of story
All while playing Spitkiss, a story is unfolding. The game’s pitch really makes it seem like the story of polyamory is going to be front and center above all else, but that’s not really the case. While there are some wordless scenes between spitkissers as they try to reconcile their feelings for more than one person, the main focus of this game is really the platforming.
It’s a good thing that Spitkiss focuses so much on gameplay too, because the unique platforming this game offers is really fun and well-tuned for mobile. The simple controls pair well with inventive level design that can make certain stretches feel almost Super Meatboy-like in their demand for precision, but with added touches like a slo-mo mechanic when aiming jumps so that you never feel so overwhelmed that you’d prefer playing with a controller.
The key to Spitkiss’s success as a platform is in the way controlling spit has been designed. Not only is the act of arcing and landing spit on surfaces fun, but there’s a ton of neat new mechanics that get layered into the game to make sure you always have something new to figure out.
The best part about these new layers is they never end up in a place where Spitkiss ends up feeling like some hellishly difficult game about execution. The game somehow strikes a perfect balance so that everything feels demanding without feeling masochistic by finding new and novel ways for you to launch spit around its various environments.
The bottom line
Spitkiss is a platformer that feels tailor-made for mobile. Its unique setup and mechanics let a game with simple touch controls feel like a challenging and rewarding experience. For anyone thinking Spitkiss may not be for them because of its subject matter, don’t let that stop you from playing one of the best mobile platformers out there.