Duke Dashington Remastered is all about response time. It’s far from being the Super Meat Boy of mobile gaming but there are a few levels that might make you feel as if you’ve been teleported to one of the initial levels of Super Meat Boy.
You’re Duke Dashington, adventurer-extraordinaire who’s rushing through mazes against time to rescue priceless treasures. The game comprises of four campaigns, each comprising of 30 levels. So you have quite a few hours of entertainment guaranteed. Unfortunately, almost every level is super simple. There’s barely any element of careful timing that’s required to surpass most of the levels. Just following the right sequence even once is enough to get you across. However, once in a blue moon, you will come across a rather painful level that was put in place just to up your level of frustration.
The control scheme is very simple, you just have the two buttons for left/right and another for jump. Each level has a 10-second time limit and the simple controls make it very easy to conquer them. In fact, we finished the first two campaigns, i.e. 60 levels in under an hour. So that’s saying something about the simplicity of the game. As for the background score, it’s very reminiscent of one of them old console adventure games like Contra.
We understand that as a free game, the developers have had to resort to throwing in unskippable ads every couple of minutes. However, the frustrating thing is how they’re implemented. An ad can play at any time, even when you’re just about to finish a level which required you to carefully time your moves. We can’t count the number of times we simply killed the app because a crappy ad popped up at the wrong moment. Aside from this rather huge oversight, the game is pretty well put together.
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