There are some games that you can instantly tell are going to be good, and Dynamite Jack is one of them. The game revolves around Jack, who is a captured space marine, and has just escaped into the Anathema Mines. Now you need to guide him out of the mines with just a flashlight and some bombs. Every level presents a mix of puzzle platformer, stealth, strategy, adventure, and some Bomberman for a relatively unique iOS experience. The majority of the game is shrouded in darkness, and the only light comes from a few mine lights, your flashlight, and the guards’ flashlights.
There are guards moving about the mines, and you need to avoid their flashlights on your way to the exit point. You have a choice of whether you want to dodge the guards or blow them up, but either way will mix strategy with action. You can watch the guards’ paths to plant a bomb, or you can detonate a bomb to call the guards to that point, and then have another dynamite blast waiting for them when they return to their post. You’re going to mix and match strategies as you maneuver your way through dark corridors, and you will need to blast away through occasionally since you’re in a mine.
Throughout the 28 deluxe levels, there are multiple objectives including collecting key cards, detonating security fences, and blasting your way through rock to pick up crystals and chips. There are a myriad of deluxe enemies as well, and even more ways to die, but thankfully the game has a great checkpoint system to keep playing through the complex levels. There’s never a dull moment as you’re moving about the caves, and the game can really get your adrenaline pumping. Even the detonations of the guards can bring a smile to your face after some instances of frustration when being caught.
It’s such a great gaming experience, and you will thoroughly enjoy the 28 included levels. As soon as you finish you’re left wanting more, so then you can discover the easy to use level editor allowing you to create and share your own levels. You can also play others’ creations to nicely extend the replay factor. The level editor and sharing further enhance the great gameplay and other quality factors. That includes the high quality graphics, in-spite of the plethora of darkness, and the dual control method of path drawing and virtual stick.
Dynamite Jack ($2.99, iPad) is a must buy that truly nails the unique iOS experience, and is a thoroughly engaging blast.