BADLAND Review – Finally Something Special

On June 14, 2013

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BADLAND Review – Finally Something Special

Our rating:

By: Frogmind

Version #: 1.2

Date Released: 2013-05-29

Developer: Frogmind

Price: 3.99

User Rating:

I would easily place BADLAND as one of the best iOS side scrolling games I’ve ever played. Staying true to the one touch control system most side scrolling games adopt, it was a marvel to see how BADLAND made itself so unique and stood out from the rest.

There’s been a whole lot of different side scrolling mobile games as of late, and if I could combine everything I’ve liked from all these games then BADLAND would come pretty close. The main problem I’m sure most of us have about this genre would be how the stages are highly repetitive.

But sometimes, repetition leads to addiction.

In this game, players employ a simple one-touch control system to guide their fur balls around the map. Well timed taps and holds will allow the creatures to navigate their way to the end of each stage.

Yes, I said creatures.

Guide them through a myriad of obstacles, ranging from levers and pathways to medieval torture devices.

The interesting part of this game lies in the many different power-ups available that are scattered throughout the map, most notably the ability to clone yourself. This gives rise to the ability of transcending multiple paths at once, so that players will not have to leave it to fate to decide if they make it through each stage.

With eerie graphics and accompanying background music, BADLAND comes off tops for being real creepy but yet creative in the visuals department. I enjoyed the game very much and yes, it is most definitely worth the $3.99.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:Moderate. A one touch system but precision and coordination is required.

Who Is It For:Casual gamers

What I Like:The cloning system and the cool graphics

What I Don't Like:Like all simplistic games it gets boring after a while, but what can you expect?

Final Statement:I am impressed

Read the Developer's Notes:

Apple Editors' Choice around the world!

5/5 - AppSmile
4/4 - Slide to Play
5/5 - AppSpy
5/5 - Apple’N'Apps
9.2/10 -
9/10 - Destructoid
4.5/5 - TouchArcade
4.5/5 - Macworld

“BADLAND is a standout game that we can’t stop playing.” -- AppSmile

“BADLAND’s unique gameplay and atmosphere make it a must-download.” -- Slide to Play

“BADLAND doesn’t simply look pretty, it’s an absolute treat to play” -- AppSpy

“Badland is easily one of the best iOS games of the year” --

“one of the best experiences on iOS.” -- Apple’N'Apps

“A hallmark of excellence.” -- Destructoid

Winner of Best Project in Game Connection Europe 2012
Winner of SCEE Award in Game Connection Europe 2012
Winner of Nordic Indie Sensation Award in Nordic Game 2013

- Single-player campaign with 50 truly unique levels and more coming in updates
- Multiplayer mode for up to four players playing with the same device in 16 levels and more coming in updates
- Intuitive one-touch controls combined with innovative level design
- Highly immersive audio-visual gaming experience
- 100% indie game (no publisher, no investor)
- Universal app with no IAP (player gets the whole game experience optimized to all of his/her iOS devices)
- iCloud support (player's game progress is synced between all linked iOS devices)
- More levels and content coming in updates

BADLAND is an award-winning atmospheric sidescrolling action adventure platformer taking place in a gorgeous forest full of various inhabitants, trees and flowers. Although the forest looks like it’s from some beautiful fairytale, there seems to be something terribly wrong. The player controls one of the forest’s inhabitants to discover what’s going on. Through his journey he discovers astonishing amount of imaginative traps and obstacles.

BADLAND takes side-scrollers to the next level with its innovative physics based gameplay combined with the extremely beautiful atmospheric graphics and audio.

BADLAND also features highly original local multiplayer for up to four players playing with the same device. The multiplayer is all about survival of the fittest with no rules. It’s completely okay to push your rivals to spinning circular saws in order to survive.

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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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