Being transformed into a jumping bean is no laughing matter, but that’s the fate of the protagonist in Bean Dreams. It’s a sequel to Bean’s Quest, and uses the Dreams idea to create much more outlandish environments to bounce through. Bean Dreams follows in the footsteps of its predecessor to maintain the platformer built for mobile with controls distilled for touch. Bean jumps automatically, and you simply tap the left or right side of the screen to jump in that direction. The simple controls get out of the way to let you focus on the challenge at hand spread across 48 levels, and eight worlds.
Bean Dreams is filled with elements from classic platformers, while still being infused with an all new challenge. The main difficulty comes from the fact that every jump counts, as there’s a jump par for hold, silver, and bronze scores depending on how many jumps it takes you to complete a level. There are also collectable fruit, and tough to get “THANXOLOTL” creatures to give you numerous objectives per level. Each of the 48 levels are on the short side, but you will want to replay them at a least a couple of times as collecting special items takes numerous jumps, and then you will want to go for the jump par. Still though, the entire game is a bit on the short side, but that may be just because it leaves you wanting more.
The eight included worlds all feature unique challenges based on being in a dream world allowing you to use springs, dive into water, activate chili power, bounce on clouds, face crazy enemies, roll down slides, and more. All of the different elements let you consider the most efficient path to the finish to use as few jumps as possible. It’s a great feeling to pull off a level with the gold jump par, and it’s such a slick accomplishment to really nail the flow of a level. The layouts are made for one specific path to reach the gold jump par, and you really get your body into it to make each jump count. Rather than speed runs, Bean Dreams is all about efficiency in maximizing each bounce, and moving Bean in just the right position while he bounces automatically. It’s a highly entertaining experience with each level offering a fresh challenge to keep you playing through all of the levels, and replaying them too.
Bean Dreams ($2.99, Universal) is high on fun making it well worth picking up, so get bouncing today.