Donut Video games is known round these components, however they haven’t been as lively in releasing new video games for the previous a number of years. Their newest launch was Birk’s Journey approach again in 2019, and earlier than that it was Footy Golf in 2017. Within the earlier years of the App Retailer nevertheless, they have been identified for taking a stable gameplay mechanic after which constructing a whole 3-star puzzler round it, full of ranges and achievements and a few of the greatest pixel artwork round. Like I stated, Donut Video games are legends within the cellular gaming house, and whereas I like their deeper efforts like Birk’s Journey or Traps ‘n Gems, they have been fairly flawless when it got here to extra bite-sized gaming experiences that labored extremely nicely on the go.
So think about my shock after I noticed on this week’s batch of latest releases a brand new one from Donut Video games seemingly out of the blue. It’s referred to as Donut 80 and its easy premise is that it imagines what Donut Video games video games would have been like in the event that they have been made within the ’80s. All this implies is that they keep on with 16-bit coloration palettes and chiptunes, and all the things has an much more retro fashion than common, however the identical rock stable gameplay mechanics and limitless 3-star chasing stay.
Donut 80, a minimum of in its preliminary type, is damaged up into 3 separate Volumes, and inside every quantity there are 4 totally different video games. Every Quantity has its personal theme: The primary is Launch & Bounce video games like Monkey Flight, the second is Charlie’s Combine that includes video games like Sunday Garden, and the third is Runners and options numerous kinds of side-scrolling runners together with a riff on the rollerskating portion from Seaside Video games. Every of the 4 video games inside a Quantity is both a demake of an current Donut sport, or a model new spin on an current components, and all of the video games function model new ranges to sort out.
For instance, Seaside Curler within the Runners Quantity is the demake model of the aforementioned Seaside Video games rollerskating, however the second sport Hooland is a Flappy Fowl-ish affair and the third sport Unicorn Skyride performs extra like a cave flyer like Jetpack Joyride. You get one thing comparable from the opposite Volumes the place there’s kind of a “root” sport after which a couple of variations to strive. The result’s that Donut 80 affords up a whopping 12 totally different video games to play, and all tie into world leaderboards for general factors scored and stars earned.
How a lot would you pay for thus many top quality video games? $500? $1,000?? Properly put your pockets away as a result of Donut 80 is totally free. No IAP, no subscriptions, no advertisements. It simply acts as a cross-promotion for different Donut Video games video games. And whereas it might sound overly simplistic on the floor, I can guarantee you that each one of those 12 video games have that Donut Video games secret sauce that make them practically inconceivable to place down. I’d love for them to proceed including extra Volumes and extra demakes and riffs on current video games to Donut 80, however even when that doesn’t occur I’m so glad to see a brand new one from Donut Video games and know that they’re nonetheless alive and kicking, and I’m actually stoked to have a brand new sport to obsessively min/max scoring and gather each star in each stage.