In hindsight, calling ourselves “Hardcore Gamer” pigeonholed what we could cover. Many sleepless nights go by with our writers tossing and turning because they can’t write about the latest Farmville update. It’s for that reason and that reason only — and because somebody registered the Casual Gamer domain before we had a chance too — that every month we present to you a quick look at a mobile game that deserves your attention regardless of its place on the gaming spectrum.
Sometimes all you need are a few minutes of entertainment. A task is bothering you or you’re waiting on something/someone and looking at your Facebook feed for the 800th time is annoying. If that’s the case then you might want to take look at Helix Jump by h8games and Voodoo.
Helix Jump is a simple game with the objective being to make it to the bottom of the platform without hitting any of the red areas. The only way not to complete the main objective is to do the latter part of those two things. All you have to do is spin the stage and let the ball do all the work. The first few platforms are easy to get the basic mechanic down, but then it starts throwing some moving parts at you and forcing you to go a specific direction.
For every platform you pass you gain points that give you a higher score. If you can manage to go three platforms down without hitting anything you’ll be able to completely destroy the next platform you do touch. This will net you a good amount of points to contribute to your ever-growing high score and make it a lot easier to for that stretch. Once you get the hang of things you should be able to do this with some regularity assuming the platform is a little kind. Sometimes it really is and just gives you three uninterrupted platforms for free.
Unfortunately, one drawback to Helix Jump is that there’s no music. The game is still being supported and there was an update just a few days ago so maybe music will make its way to the app sooner or later, but honestly, it could be plus that it’s silent. For the most part, mobile games employ cheap tones that you’ll likely mute anyway. Having a game be silent from the start is kind of refreshing to remove that step. With the few short minutes you’ll likely be playing to pass the time, the lack of music shouldn’t be something you’re missing.
Along with the lack of music there is an area where you’ll likely be able to change the look of your ball, but that sadly is missing too. From the looks of things, Voodoo and h8games are still doing some work on this one. That could be a nice addition once it makes its way to the app. Cosmetic changes are always welcome.
Graphically every level looks the same minus a few color changes to the ball and the platforms. The main changes from level to level will be the number of difficult platforms. Some platforms will move giving you a gap where there wasn’t one before or closing that space on you that you probably had your eye on as you dropped by the previous platform.
That’s essentially it for Helix Jump. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare between tasks or just waiting for some time to pass it’s a good game to pick up and get a little frustrated with. If you’re interested you can download it here for iOS and here for Android.
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