Dreamslide Plus combines drawing and physics into a endless runner style game.
Developer, Guilherme Alves, brings physics and drawing together in one setting with Dreamslide Plus. It’s a unique endless runner style game that mixes these two principles to help its main character, Little John, get to the end of the level. The game is meant to pay homage to the fast-paced, fluid gameplay of Sega’s Nights into Dreams and Sonic the Hedgehog. And, it does. With the exception of the level of difficulty, the game is very fast-paced and the character glides through the levels with ease.
So, how does it work? You draw lines underneath the character, Little John. He must remain airborne and you have to keep him that way. It can be challenging as he must also maintain his speed. Little John follows the lines that you draw so he will lose speed if he goes uphill too often. I found this a particularly difficult feat. There are over 40 challenging, randomized levels.
“Dreamslide Plus attempts to translate the excitement of flying in our dreams to waking life by having players ‘draw’ a floating path for Little John to follow. Sure, the game is far from easy, but it’s also a rewarding experience once you start to go really, really fast. After a few minutes, you’ll get the hang of it — and then the fun truly begins!” Guilherme Alves, founder, Gaffa Games
Some of the key features of Dreamslide Plus include:
- Unique gameplay: Think fast and draw lines in real time to avoid falling off the screen or hitting obstacles.
- Incredibly challenging: It may take a lot of practice to control Little John, but you’ll love being in the “flow” once you learn how to fly.
- Levels are meant to be difficult: You’ll need a lot of practice to reach the goal.
- 40 partially randomized levels: Rote memorization won’t help!
- Delightful soundtrack: A lighthearted music score contributes to the game’s dreamlike atmosphere.
- Combo system: Collect stars in succession and increase your score exponentially. How far can you go?
- Achievements: Can you collect them all?
- Leaderboards: Compare all your level scores with your friends.
- Combo mode: Play an endless level to achieve the largest combo possible.
When I played through the first few levels, I found myself getting very frustrated. I’m neither a physicist nor an artist, so drawing and physics just aren’t my cup of tea. That being said, I was taken with the graphics. In my opinion, they were reminiscent of some Japanese-style animated TV shows I’ve seen. While I find the premise fun and exciting, it’s a little too difficult for me to enjoy it completely. I would like to point out that the description within iTunes does mention that the game is meant to be difficult and suggests that you stick with it.
Dreamslide Plus is a free download for iOS and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. For more information visit, dreamslideplus.com.