Are you ready to spin your way through cavernous stretches while trying to nab gold from a dragon? If so, it’s time to spin your way through Greedy Dwarf, which is a 3D arcade tunnel style game where you control a dwarf riding a mine cart. Each level gives you a tunnel to circumnavigate as you jump over lava pits and spin around corkscrew pathways while trying to collect golden nuggets. You control the mine cart’s direction by just swiping your finger across the screen, and double tap to jump. The majority of the game offers 3D tunnels, but there are also some 2D side scrolling stretches to change the pace.
The game could be a simple endless game, but instead there are 32 levels with consistently unique challenges. The corkscrew areas are especially challenging, but there are also gravity switchers, rocket boosts, and big bouncing pads as well as extra elements to contend with. Each level also gives you a greedy option as there are bonus challenges of collecting all the gold and rockets in a given level. To do so, you will need to be more risky with your spinning maneuvers, and that greed can easily lead to your demise.
With all that said, the entire experience feels bland so that there’s no engagement, and you’re simply going through the motions spinning through tunnels. The levels are practically microscopic in length, and they all start to blend together. If that wasn’t problem enough, the controls do more harm than good, and can definitely get in the way. The mine cart movement is slow, while the spinning controls seem even slower, and that doesn’t take into the account the relatively unresponsive jump mechanic. Even if the controls were perfect, the game is devoid of personality, or any incentive to keep mindlessly spinning around.
Greedy Dwarf ($0.99, Universal) is a passive experience that is one to steer clear of, despite the promising nature.