If you have a hankerin’ for some classic side-scrolling Nintendo gameplay, Venture Kid may be what you need. Not only do you get the retro looks and sounds of 8 bit glory, the game controls at the bottom of the screen look like the old-school left/right – A/B buttons (pause in the middle, just in case…).
Venture Kid provides a few worlds of action, including a forest level, a city level, a pyramid, and so on.
The goal, as in real life, is to reach the end of the course while avoiding or eliminating bad guys. OK, so in real life you don’t really get to “eliminate” bad guys, but you get the idea. Also like the classic games of yore, most of the time is spent getting familiar with the layout and obstacles so you can actually traverse them all in one pass, then you get to face the obligatory Boss. It’s pretty standard stuff.
The controls are easy to see and use, plus they are familiar to most gamers. The down side is they take up real estate on the screen and when you are playing on an iPhone or iPod Touch you don’t have a lot of room to spare. If you have one handy, Venture Kid does offer MFi controller support.
While you are running for your life (and you will run, little man), don’t forget to collect the dots, hearts, and other goodies the game drops for you. There are points to spend in the shop. You can start with a potion to refill your weapon energy, add a new round of HP, or hold out and increase your hit points (you start with 4).
The music is not too bad but it is a loop which starts to get a bit tired after a while. It’s not horrible; I’m just a bit picky when it comes to audio.
In all, the game play is fun and there are even hidden areas you can check out. For a little diversionary fun, Venture Kid is a decent throwback to a simpler time.
Genre: Action platformer
Seller: FDG Mobile Games
Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Price: $0.99 (with in-app purchases)
Availability: Now at the iTunes App Store