App Army Assemble: Levelhead – Does this platformer’s level editor make it a must-have mobile game? | Articles


Levelhead is the most recent recreation from developer Butterscotch Shenanigans who’re finest identified for the stellar Crashlands. This time round they’ve made a recreation with a stable level editor to permit gamers to probably create limitless quantities of content material for different individuals to take pleasure in. We despatched in our App Army to search out out if it’s good.

Here’s what they stated:

Oksana Ryan

This is a vibrant, quirky recreation with loads of fascinating issues to maintain you entertained. At first look it is like most platform video games leaping over enemies, working up and down partitions and accumulating diamonds on the best way, all with the target of delivering parcels. There is the standard marketing campaign mode, or you possibly can tackle the problem of ranges created by different gamers or create and share your individual ranges. I solely tried the marketing campaign mode due to time constraints and located it a sensible instance of the style.

However, though the sport itself was price 5 stars there was one annoying factor that drove me loopy – the controls. In their authentic place, they had been too distant from the aspect to be comfy. After adjusting them the iPad felt to0 heavy and troublesome to carry comfortably. I did persevere however I misplaced a part of the enjoyment of taking part in. For me, a nice recreation ruined by awkward controls.

Ed Davis

This is a nice little alternative from people who want they may get into the Mario Maker sequence however simply don’t have the means. You play the function of a little robotic destined to ship bins, however he must be educated on how to take action. You are walked by a pretty fast tutorial after which proven tips on how to create ranges of your individual.
The controls are very fiddly (however customisable) and I’ve but to search out a setting the place it feels comfy. Definitely a recreation finest performed with a controller.

The animation and humour are nice and simply what you anticipate from Butterscotch shenanigans. This is a nice recreation that you possibly can sink hours into, attempting to excellent finishing that level your mate made who claims it might be achieved in a time that you just deem inconceivable!

Armaan Modi

Levelhead is a new and far-anticipated recreation by followers of BS. It is a enjoyable, difficult, partaking recreation with a playful really feel to it. The recreation is like different good platformer/arcade video games the place it’s troublesome, partaking and makes you attempt time and again. What I preferred concerning the recreation that it feels properly-made and has cross-platform and likewise a good level creator.

What I do not actually love about this recreation is the artwork type/graphics. They’re not unhealthy, however I did not discover the environments to be lovely. Some ranges can get unusually troublesome since you’re not anticipating that level of problem. Overall, Levelhead is a good recreation during which individuals can spend a lot of time, one thing which I do know fairly a few persons are excited about.

Pierpaolo Morgante

This recreation is a little gem, which doesn’t come as a shock understanding it’s from Butterscotch Shenanigans. The graphics are very vibrant, polished and vivid, it is a pleasure to have a look at each single level (I solely performed ~10, I didn’t have a lot time, sadly). The “play again” worth could be very excessive because of the level editor, very intuitive and enjoyable to make use of.

My solely unfavorable remark is for the controls, I obtained a little annoyed with the actions’ “wheel”. You can alter it, however it doesn’t really feel as comfy because the joypad-like controls I’m used to by taking part in different video games (together with Crashlands). I feel you may get used to it although whereas progressing within the recreation. My ultimate score is 10/10

Dries Pretorius

If you already know Butterscotch Shenanigans you then perceive the healthful high quality they ship, from their now utterly free and enjoyable early catalogue of video games to the tongue in cheek hilarity that’s the open-world gem: Crashlands. They shift their focus right here to platforming puzzle design. The ranges that ship with the sport are sensible, introducing novel ideas and mechanics with each stage, the level creator is powerful and straightforward to make use of, and the presentation ensures that you just by no means really feel overwhelmed by the sheer scope.

There have to be 1000’s of consumer-created ranges, and search circumstances to make sure you discover precisely the form of ranges you need amongst them. The color pallet is vibrant and the animations are joyful to behold as your little R-18 unit bounds by ranges with childlike glee. When you purchase Levelhead you’re shopping for greater than a extremely polished inventive platformer, you’re shopping for into a group inventive content material builders who’re all partaking with one another, there may be close to-infinite replayability available right here. I cannot suggest this recreation sufficient, no matter style choice, Levelhead is a landmark mobile title.

Jim Linford

I am keen on this recreation and it makes a good addition to the create a level video games akin to Super Mario Maker. While it gained’t be as properly generally known as the opposite video games in this style. It oozes attraction and deserves to promote properly. Platforming is tight and responsive. It’s actually enjoyable. I’ve been taking part in with the level editor and it’s nice. My fault I’m having mind freeze to design a nice level. The instruments are there to create sensible ranges. I extremely suggest this recreation. Get it on no matter platform is your platform of selection.

Brandon Jones

Butterscotch Shenanigans know tips on how to make lovely video games. In so some ways, its a actual pleasure to play. The graphics are recent and distinct, the story and design are fairly intelligent and it comes with vital replay worth constructed proper in (because of the level editor). It’s not with out its challenges although; I discovered the contact controls irritating on a cellphone. The motion buttons on the best-hand aspect simply blended into each other an excessive amount of.

The level editor, whereas practical on the cellphone, works significantly better on a bigger display screen. I feel I’d a lot want to construct on a pill whereas taking part in on a cellphone. Frustration with the controls apart, Levelhead remains to be one of the best platformer I’ve performed in a while and I sit up for seeing how the level gallery evolves.

D.T Stroschein

Butterscotch Shenanigans has achieved it once more. This is the closest factor you may get to having a correct Mario Maker-esque sort of recreation with out proudly owning a Nintendo and the devs did a completely nice job total. Levelhead affords the identical extraordinarily vibrant colors, graphics, and artwork type as Crashlands which is a masterpiece in its personal proper.

You play the function of coaching your very personal supply robotic in house that is tasked with delivering a package deal that additionally acts as an extension of your self to thrust back baddies, activate objects in ranges, and helps to resolve puzzles in varied methods to get you thru from begin to end in every level.

Starting out, the sport does a implausible job of getting you acclimated to the general purpose of the sport with a progressive tutorial into the place the sport actually begins to shine by creating your individual ranges for the world to share. This brings me to my solely actual qualm which is the controls. Quickly into the tutorial you’re prompted to tweak and take a look at the UI to your liking.

The motion stick is spot on, nonetheless the bounce, and execute controls will take you a while to regulate (talking for iPad) as a result of it’s a sq. that is cut up in three and you’ll solely actually alter the dimensions. What I actually hope for is an replace that may make these impartial so you are not reliant on being restricted to a field with restricted tweaking which takes a while to get it proper with out cramping your thumb. Once you get this out of the best way the enjoyable begins to start.

A few ranges into the tutorial, you unlock the Bureau of Shipping and open up areas just like the Workshop the place you possibly can construct, tweak, and save your very personal creations which supply a fairly huge quantity of freedom and likewise very consumer pleasant to construct which is tremendous welcoming for all ranges of gamer. Levels might be constructed from tremendous quick to tremendous lengthy with the whole lot in between like enemies, paths, hazards, music, powers, programmable objects, switches, forex, the power to repeat and paste, erase, climate, the checklist simply goes on.

You additionally open the Marketing Department the place consumer-generated ranges can be found primarily based performs to rank them increased. What’s actually cool is the quantity of information you are given per consumer level when it comes to problem, size, performs, likes, publicity bucks earned, playlists of ranges, and so on… This provides the gamer limitless playability.

The Tower is the place you possibly can filter consumer-generated ranges with a giant variety of filters to suit your wants and even a playlist the place you possibly can play a number of in a world versus one at a time. There’s additionally your room the place you’ve gotten all of your stats, unlocked avatars, ranges, favourites, and bookmarks. You’ll in all probability spend the vast majority of your time right here should you’re not chipping away on the 90+ level the devs already packed into the sport.

There can also be cross-platform play and cloud saving. I loved this recreation a lot that it was no brainier to purchase it for my OnePlus 7t Pro the place my management UI challenges had been non-existent and it’s simply as straightforward to construct ranges on the smaller display screen and choosing up the place you left off from one gadget to a different is a breeze. An enormous plus is you possibly can obtain ranges for offline play. I additionally love that each level comes with a Leaderboard the place you possibly can compete for prime scores and velocity for trophy spots.

If this is not thought of an Editor’s Choice recreation but, it shall be very quickly. Everything is simply achieved proper with Levelhead and I’d think about this a should-have platformer for mobile.

Mark Abukoff

Even simply as a platformer this is a good recreation. It’s vivid, enjoyable and artistic and there’s loads of obstacles and grabbing and tossing your little decide up… to knock unhealthy guys into a pit or to leap on to succeed in one other level. The onscreen controls should not the very best. There is the power to maneuver them, in choices, however to date I haven’t been in a position to put them precisely the best way I need them. But I obtained used to it and actually it takes away little or no. The recreation is a problem however not a lot that you just surrender in frustration and stroll away. Persistence and attempting issues will get you thru.

But then there’s the level editor. I’ve seen video games which have this within the App Store however by no means thought to attempt them. And I’ve solely began on the constructing tutorial, however it seems like it’s fairly straightforward to make use of and there’s a lot of potential, and there may be loads of excessive-high quality consumer-made ranges already. I’m actually wanting ahead to exploring and designing my very own. Definitely a keeper!

Naail Zahid

The recreation is significantly wonderful to have a look at. The devs have achieved an incredible job with the level designs, character animations, and the general high quality of gameplay. However, and this could also be private choice, contact display screen controls won’t ever trump a controller, and since this is a platform recreation with an emphasis on tight controls, I want there was an possibility to make use of controllers. Don’t know if it’s my controllers not being suitable, however all my controllers did not work with the sport.

That stated, the sound design can also be fairly good. It’s very upbeat if that makes any sense. Now the guts of this recreation is to be like Mario Maker, and it does emulate the creation facet properly. I simply want the sport did not drive you to undergo such a prolonged course of earlier than you can begin truly designing your individual phases. Also, I’ve seen generally within the tutorial if you end up requested to do one thing, the sport would not acknowledge that you just did what it requested you to do to progress to the subsequent part within the tutorial (could be a bug?).

Thankfully when you get by that, designing ranges is simple and I’ve already seen a justifiable share of consumer-created ranges that really feel pretty much as good as ranges made by the Platform style champions like Nintendo or Rare. Great job individuals! The instruments out there are just like what you’d discover within the first Mario Maker, together with copy and paste instruments and multi choosing instruments, plus a good drag and drop instrument. It may very well be a bit complicated for somebody simply beginning out however everybody will get used to it in time.

All in all, it’s a nice construct your individual level recreation, and it’s obtained a charming character. Controls apart, not less than for me, the sport is among the few nice ones lately on mobile and I’d extremely suggest it to anybody who likes to construct and play, and particularly somebody who needs a chill, however difficult platformer.

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