Aliens have invaded, and it’s up to a boy in a super suit to fight back the invasion in the new iOS game Super Powerboy. The game presents an auto runner platformer with touch centric controls to power through aliens and collect resources. There are 45 levels included spread across five environments with each level offering specific objectives. The highlight of the game is the suit upgrade system that not only gives you a better looking suit, but a more capable suit as well.
Super Powerboy emphasizes quick action that progressively builds upon itself with each new addition to your power suit. You begin as a boy with a backpack, but soon come across the ability to take damage, punch, wall jump, grind rails, dash, and even fire lasers. There are 16 upgrades in total, and each one allows new challenges for you to face. The game definitely starts out on the easy side allowing you to become accustomed to the swipe controls. You simply swipe up or down the left side of the screen to jump or slide, respectively, and tap on the right side of the screen to attack. The new mechanics are built onto the core structure for new swipe directions or double swipes.
Once you have a few upgrades in Super Powerboy, you will definitely feel the difficulty increase. The game is all about nailing the flow to swipe up, swipe down, and tap in quick succession to weave through obstacles and enemies. The level complexity increases at a nice rate for a smooth difficulty curve. It’s surprising that an auto-runner can increase in challenge so considerably. There are a few times when you think that you swipe to jump or slide, but the game doesn’t seem to recognize your action. That’s one of the only drawbacks, and it’s an exception, not the rule. All of the action is presented through a great art style that looks even better in motion. The scenery and time of day change as you progress which goes hand in hand with the more complex level layouts to keep things fresh. At its peak, Super Powerboy isn’t the most challenging game in the App Store, but that doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining. It still can be a bit bland at times with the auto-runner set-up.
Super Powerboy ($1.99, Universal) is a well-produced and engaging platformer adventure that is well worth picking up.