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App description: You will play as THE Bernie O'Tag in an action/adventure/platformer/runner that will push you to the brink with a challenge worthy of the old school.

But who is Bernie O'Tag...?

A world-renowned, legendary hero with a career of success in some of the most dangerous and critical missions the world has seen...

That's the man the world knows...but I know Bernard O'Tag...and there's a story to be told to find out how the scrawny, meek Bernard I knew became the "Amazing" Bernie O'Tag...

....I'm going to make him tell that story and you are going to help me.



THE AMAZING FEATURES:
-30 no-two-the-same, pulse-pounding, super challenging levels to conquer as you discover the truth of Bernie O'Tag.
-Use Bernie's Powers such as creating platforms and springs to keep him alive as he runs...and more! Be wise with that Energy Bar though...
-Challenge Mode: Play all 30 levels in Challenge Mode with each consecutive successful mission earning you more Coins to power Bernie up for the...
-Endless Runner Mode: Beat your high score and top the leaderboard in 3 different endless runner levels, each with their own unique challenges.
-Gorgeous 2D environments, from mystical forests to snow-capped mountains, the world of Bernard is something to behold!
-Challenge yourself with over 65 Achievements on Game Center!
-Epic original soundtrack bringing you deeper into the story of Bernie O'Tag!
-Designed for mobile devices!

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The Amazing Bernard

Kumkwat Entertainment, LLC
Genres: Games Entertainment Action Adventure
GAME CENTER ENABLED
$3.99 USD


Quote:
You will play as THE Bernie O'Tag in an action/adventure/platformer/runner that will push you to the brink with a challenge worthy of the old school.

But who is Bernie O'Tag...?

A world-renowned, legendary hero with a career of success in some of the most dangerous and critical missions the world has seen...

That's the man the world knows...but I know Bernard O'Tag...and there's a story to be told to find out how the scrawny, meek Bernard I knew became the "Amazing" Bernie O'Tag...

....I'm going to make him tell that story and you are going to help me.



THE AMAZING FEATURES:
-30 no-two-the-same, pulse-pounding, super challenging levels to conquer as you discover the truth of Bernie O'Tag.
-Use Bernie's Powers such as creating platforms and springs to keep him alive as he runs...and more! Be wise with that Energy Bar though...
-Challenge Mode: Play all 30 levels in Challenge Mode with each consecutive successful mission earning you more Coins to power Bernie up for the...
-Endless Runner Mode: Beat your high score and top the leaderboard in 3 different endless runner levels, each with their own unique challenges.
-Gorgeous 2D environments, from mystical forests to snow-capped mountains, the world of Bernard is something to behold!
-Challenge yourself with over 35 Achievements on Game Center!
-Epic original soundtrack bringing you deeper into the story of Bernie O'Tag!
-Designed for mobile devices!












Supported Devices:
  • iPhone-3GS
  • iPhone4
  • iPodTouchFourthGen
  • iPad2Wifi
  • iPad23G
  • iPhone4S
  • iPadThirdGen
  • iPadThirdGen4G
  • iPhone5
  • iPodTouchFifthGen
  • iPadFourthGen
  • iPadFourthGen4G
  • iPadMini
  • iPadMini4G
  • iPhone5c
  • iPhone5s
  • iPhone6
  • iPhone6Plus
  • iPodTouchSixthGen

Minimum iOS Version: iOS 6.0

Download Size: 198.4MB

05-31-2016, 01:22 PM
#2
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Posts: 1,574

05-31-2016, 05:34 PM
#3
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 45
Gameplay trailer:
06-01-2016, 12:10 AM
#4
Quote:
Originally Posted by cshmee View Post
Gameplay trailer:
YouTube: video
I love the music of the launch trailer. Is part of the music of the game?
06-01-2016, 05:24 AM
#5
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 985
Would give this a try but it just looks to "floaty" for a $3.99 price tag. I'm not one to shy away from a premium game and love platformers but not sure about this one.
06-01-2016, 08:39 AM
#6
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: NYC suburbs (New Jersey)
Posts: 1,319
This looks like a fun game but I'm wary of paying $3.99 until someone posts about the control.
06-01-2016, 12:31 PM
#7
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 45
The song is "Circles" by Otis Heat and it does indeed appear in the game.

Little note about the floatyness, one of the main mechanics is you control the height and length of Bernie's jump by holding the jump button. So holding it down will give you a bigger jump like you see in the trailer, when you just tap the jump button it's smaller jump, more in line with your typical platformer jump. Since it's an auto-run game, the player has more control over his jump, so you're in total control of how floaty it is. Hope that helps!
06-01-2016, 03:58 PM
#8
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 106
Took one for the team and bought the game.

Imps:
The game's some kind of endless runner/platformer hybrid. It consists of levels about 5 minutes long, premise is basically jumping over gaps and sliding under obstacles. Tapping on the jump button longer means higher/wider jumps. The fourth level is a bit different, as you have to tilt your device to avoid spikes. The fifth level introduces a new mechanic with springs you have to quickly create between chasms that are otherwise too wide to jump over (by tapping the spring icon and then a space in the chasm) - Then you have to - quickly again - make the correct jump to land on the spring and make it over.

Hadn't played any farther, with introducing this new mechanic the game quickly lost the rest of my already wearing thin patience (and judging from the trailer there are more of those "draw imaginary tools (like lines) to get over chasms/obstacles" - later in the game).

Weirdly the game supports some basic mfi controls. But with my controller I was only able to jump and slide (so basically only useful for the first three levels), after that you had to use the touch controls (or tilt for level 4) - After all the springs get placed on the exact spot you tap on the screen which would be pretty hard to do with a controller anyway, especially considering how quickly one has to create them if he doesn't want to fall into an abyss (and start over).

Which brings me to the next point: It really bugged me that there are no checkpoints whatsoever. I'm usually more patient with trial & error mechanics and beared it for the first four levels (although I was near giving up back then too after having had to start over with the same level again and again because of some small mistake near the end).

But the fifth level really sealed the deal for me - The newly introduced spring mechanic was just too unresponsive: Half of the time it didn't get placed at all, even though I used it as intended/explained = tapped the spring icon, then an empty space in the middle of the chasm but it still didn't work. By then you're already so close to the edge though that you don't get a second attempt. Other times it worked but the character still fell because you didn't land on it correctly or placed it 0.02 inches too far to the left.

And that was the very first chasm needing a spring mind you. I have a good junk of experience with platformers and while I don't claim to be a pro I usually also don't suck at them as I did here. But the control scheme is already feeling cramped with the spring mechanic (which is just the first extra button being introduced) and especially the unresponsiveness finally killed the rest of my interest. Unacceptable for a game that is all about quick reactions and no second chances.

Oh, and for the sake of completeness the story is - at least as far as I can assess by now - pretty much negligible, strikes me more as silly than anything else (some guy who seems to be stupid or has lost a chunk of his memory is bullied by his commanding officer (?) to run after/catch some masked guy). Of course story's doesn't have to be the main selling point for such kinds of games and as I said, I threw the towel at level 5 but so far it's nothing to write home about.

All in all, not too happy with my purchase.

Tl;dr: Useless mfi support, silly story, repetitive gameplay (jump, jump, jump ..., slide, jump, jump and so on), cramped, unresponsive controls, lack of checkpoints can get annoying.

Last edited by Gambler; 06-01-2016 at 04:59 PM.
06-01-2016, 10:52 PM
#9
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 45
There will be a small patch which should improve upon the spring and level 1-5 coming tomorrow or Friday (depending on apple review time). Hopefully that'll help you out as things do progress quite a bit from there, appreciate the feedback.
06-01-2016, 10:54 PM
#10
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 45
Also the mfi support just comes from the engine it's made with, only touch controls work for completing the full game.