Leo’s Fortune. Leo’s Fortune. Why the hell do I keep calling this Max’s Fortune in my head? THAT’S NOT EVEN A THING.
Anyway! Leo’s Fortune, to use its correct name, is a) an App Store-exclusive platformer (sorry, Google Play), and b) one of the best things you can buy with two pounds and ninety-nine pence. True story.
In Leo’s Fortune, our hero, Leo, has had his mountain of gold stolen by an unknown thief, but fortunately said thief has left a trail of gold coins – across five worlds comprised of 24 levels in total.
In terms of controls, Leo’s Fortune invites you to move with the virtual stick in the bottom left; an upward swipe serves to jump/inflate, and swiping down brings Leo back to earth with a thud.
Interestingly, there’s not a single enemy to be found; it’s very much a case of Leo versus spikes and moving platforms and moving platforms with spikes and so on.
On completion of each level you’re awarded a star rating from none to three: one for collecting all the gold coins, one for avoiding death entirely, and one for beating the target time.
On the whole, Leo’s Fortune feels a little bit like Sonic with a dash of puzzle action and a sprinkle of physics-based seasoning. The result? It’s rather delicious.
And have I mentioned the graphics yet? Let’s throw in a colossal screenshot riiiiight… here:
Yeah, so the visuals are quite clearly one of Leo’s Fortune’s many pros, alongside the level design, the varied locations, the weather effects, the story, the voice work, the challenging-but-never-abstruse puzzles, the music, the fact that you simply drop back a few feet if/when you screw up…
Yep, there’s plenty to love about Leo’s Fortune, and indeed Leo himself is curiously endearing. It’s odd; he’s just a little hairy ball with a moustache and an Eastern European accent, but he’s great. I think because he’s not trying to be cute or likeable or funny. Probably.
Really the only negative is that Leo’s Fortune is quite short, with just 24 levels in total. You can always go back and get three stars in every level, but for the most part, that’s not necessary.
Length aside, however, Leo’s Fortune is damn near perfect. Short, yes, but very, very sweet.
- Looks incredible
- The difficulty is just right
- Little loveable Leo
- It’s fairly short
- No Android version
Summary: Leo’s Fortune is easily one of the best platformers on the App Store – if not the best platformer, and a fine example of just how outstanding smartphone/tablet gaming can be when it’s done right.
Developer: 1337 & Senri LLC
Price: £2.99 @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.