Black Tie Adventure for iPhone. 2d platformer that offers little in new ideas or excitement

Black Tie Adventure

Black Tie Adventure Rating: ★★½☆☆

There are times when you have to presume that some higher power is attempting to tell you something. For example, if on your wedding day as you are all dressed up to the nines in your black tie, your bride to be and your guest suddenly disappear then you may start to get suspicious. If you also find out that your bride and guests have been kidnapped by serpents and hidden around the place in gift boxes you may begin to think that getting married was not such a good idea after all!

Well, it’s this bizarre premise that is the back story for Black Tie Adventure, is 2D sideways scrolling platform game in the style of Super Mario, just without the style!

The game is a little retro in it’s style, graphics and gameplay and while that can sometimes be a good thing especially when it’s been created with that in mind in this case it doesn’t and you end up feeling like you are playing a game that is devoid of any originality.

As I mentioned previously your task is to find your bride and guests that have been hidden around the levels in gift boxes. To do this you run and jump around the environment as you would expect from any similar platform game.

The controls are straight forward enough and even younger less experienced players will be able to pick up the controls relatively quickly. 2 virtual buttons on the left control your characters left and right while a jump and an action button allow you to leap up, over and onto platforms and, believe it or not, kill the aforementioned serpents with a swish of your bouquet of flowers!

It all works well enough, it just feels pretty uninspired. The levels aren’t too long and so while your death at any point results in you having to start the level again it’s not too much trouble. The enemies too in the shape of serpents are predictable in their movement and method of attack meaning that avoiding them or killing them is pretty easy too.

There are levels to add a bit of mix to them by offering portals to get to hard to reach areas as well as vertical climbs into the sky to rescue some of the more remotely hidden guests. It’s all pretty obvious stuff with no limits of platform games being pushed to where the game may actually offer some reward.

Collecting all the hearts along the way of each level results in a higher grade of score but it offers little replay value. There are 32 levels in total spread across 4 unique environments and a future update promises OpenFeint integration that can only be a good thing so at 99 cents Black Tie Adventures could offer some value for money especially for the younger gamer who is after a simple platform game that won’t cause them too much frustration.

Pros

  • 32 levels across 4 worlds
  • Easy controls

Cons

  • Nothing new here, seen it all before
  • Too easy
  • Uninspiring graphics and style

Black Tie Adventure Trailer

Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Category: Games
Updated: Jun 05, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
Size: 18.1 MB
Language: English
Seller: Glen Poon
© 7th Playground
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

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Craig WillisBlack Tie Adventure for iPhone. 2d platformer that offers little in new ideas or excitement