Dec 29, 2015
Simple does it, and Geometry Dash Meltdown looks to pack in such right from the beginning. It easily separates the quick-fingered from the slowpokes in an unapologetic manner, and does so with fun sounds and snazzy looks.
Looks-wise, it’s a sassy game, with stark backgrounds and smooth, colored geometric pieces that are gracefully animated. Visually, the game engages without distracting, and also manages to pack in some cool music that helps underscore the games arcade cred.
Gameplay is enjoyably simple: jump — and jump at just the right time — to survive. The protagonist object travels from left to right, and there are a host of obstacles (mostly framed as geometrical shapes) that line the area, and look to end a run by contact. The protagonist piece moves automatically, and the main idea is to control it jumping over aforementioned obstacles by tapping the screen.
The beauty is in the obstacles, and their relative placements. Almost immediately, one’s quickness is tested, as well as timing. The spacing sometime begs for a sequence of jumps, and then one also needs to account for visual challenges.
The longer one goes on and survives, the more intricate the trickery gets. Moving platforms, changing visuals, dropping ceilings and more — was that a shark? Hello. There are some airborne elements, and plenty of triangle spikes to keep things festive.
It all finally comes together as a game that blesses quick reflexes and timing by rewarding the player’s enviable quest to improve upon his or her own high score. The minimalist use of color and engaging soundtrack are effective in framing the gameplay, and the simple shapes and obstacle set are easy to work with.
While it comes in as free, limited and ad-supported, one can use real cash to unlock the full game. Just as well, because the game does look light it have folks teetering towards addiction.