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App description: King of Up is a challenging pickup & play game of skill and timing. Compete in speed run leaderboards, try for a distance record in "Infinity Challenge" mode, or challenge a friend in head-to-head mode. Can you become the King of Up?

"King of Up is a sort of vertical dexterity platformer, where you tap (and hold) the screen to make your hero fly upward. You must time your upward movements to avoid a variety of moving spikes, bullets, and even trigger bombs." - appaddict

"Just tap the screen to travel on up. But beware, for above you lies a gauntlet that demands fast reactions and timing. This comes with an infinite mode, head-to-head mode, and lots of unlockable characters." - pocketgamer

Features locally saved statistics/gameplay recordings: review your best runs.

Challenge a friend with pass & play (iPhone/iPod) or split-screen (iPad) player vs. player modes.

PeteOzzy's comments:

King of Up

Easy 8 Software
Genres: Games Arcade Action
GAME CENTER ENABLED
Free


Quote:
King of Up is a challenging pickup & play game of skill and timing. Compete in speed run leaderboards, try for a distance record in "Infinity Challenge" mode, or challenge a friend in head-to-head mode. Can you become the King of Up?

Features:
- a bevy of zany unlockable playable characters
- locally saved statistics/gameplay recordings: review your best runs
- challenge a friend with pass & play (iPhone/iPod) or split-screen (iPad) player vs. player modes












Supported Devices:
  • iPhone6
  • iPadMini4G
  • iPhone4S
  • iPhone5c
  • iPhone4
  • iPhone6Plus
  • iPhone5s
  • iPad23G
  • iPhone5
  • iPodTouchFifthGen
  • iPadFourthGen
  • iPadThirdGen4G
  • iPadMini
  • iPadThirdGen
  • iPad2Wifi
  • iPadFourthGen4G

Minimum iOS Version: iOS 7.0

Download Size: 8.5MB

05-13-2015, 11:31 AM
#3
Thanks so much for all your work, Pete! And a thank you for the vid, Stroffolino!

Small file size and one-touch, high scoring game. I'll try it out for sure!
05-13-2015, 06:07 PM
#4
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,006
Yeah great find, and yet another game to download.
05-14-2015, 08:57 AM
#5
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,005
Let's face it - endless runners, especially the current trend of uber-difficult ones can be unpleasant. Who hasn't felt the urge to throw their ipod/iphone against a wall? And there's something a little morbid about a game that is literally endless and can never be won. In the end, everyone dies - it's only a question of when.

King of Up starts out quite easy - my one year old delights in playing her way through the first stage, squealing "Up!" again and again.

That being said, King of Up does get quite hard quite quickly - there's currently only one player other than myself that's made it even through level 2-1 (which introduces bombs), though I'm sure that'll soon change.

The bulk of "King of Up's" content is broken up into a set of bite-sized stages, introducing obstacles and increasing difficulty incrementally. These stages each have a dedicated speed-run leader-board. The player is given a small set of reserve extra lives and in-level checkpoint platforms for a more forgiving progression.

1-3 Stars are awarded for completing a stage all or mostly unscathed. Your best time for each level you complete can be optionally watched in a stylized sepia toned replay by tapping on your time on the level picker screens.

After defeating the first four levels, the first of two head-to-head levels is unlocked. In "VS-A" you can race an opponent in a randomly generated course. On the iPhone/iPod, it's pass&play, with races against the opponent's shadow. On the iPad, the racing takes place simultaneously on the same device. In "VS" challenges, the players are both given extra lives, so they can afford to be aggressive.

After the first 8 levels, an endless "Infinity Mode" is unlocked, where the player is challenged to get as far as they can without dying.

After the first 12 levels, a more difficult "VS-B" race is unlocked, featuring all obstacle types.

After completing all basic levels, my favorite, "Random" mode is unlocked. There, the player is challenged to complete a randomly generated (but finite) stage with just a single extra live. This is perfect for a quick pick up and play session at train station, as unlike endless mode, you can end your game on a high note.

Along the way, extra characters are available to unlock, each with a unique way of going up - from a gravity-defying yogi to a solder equipped with state of the art jetpack, to novice superheros.

I hope folk enjoy this game, and would very much enjoy hearing impressions from folk that give it a go.
05-14-2015, 03:39 PM
#6
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,006
I think it's important to note that there are actual levels, so they end. When I started reading the above post I was thinking "this is an infinite runner". It has an endless mode, but further along after completing some of the stages (as mentioned in the previous post).
One thing I can't figure out is what the gold coins are for. I know the 2nd character (Angela) is opened this way, but then literally all the other characters are opened through progression. I'm assuming that there will be updates with more characters to spend the gold on, but once Angela is unlocked, as of now, they're useless.

All in all, a fun game with good replay value.
05-14-2015, 04:02 PM
#7
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,005
Coins serve a few incidental purposes. There's an achievement linked to coin collecting. They are a shiny distraction in vs. mode. And they can cause the player to hesitate (since almost everything else hurts you).

The number of coins collected is being tracked and you rightly guess I plan on adding things to spend virtual currency on in an update.

Phil

Quote:
Originally Posted by chief78 View Post
I think it's important to note that there are actual levels, so they end. When I started reading the above post I was thinking "this is an infinite runner". It has an endless mode, but further along after completing some of the stages (as mentioned in the previous post).
One thing I can't figure out is what the gold coins are for. I know the 2nd character (Angela) is opened this way, but then literally all the other characters are opened through progression. I'm assuming that there will be updates with more characters to spend the gold on, but once Angela is unlocked, as of now, they're useless.

All in all, a fun game with good replay value.
05-15-2015, 02:35 PM
#8
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,005
Deutschland Up

As King of Up fast approaches it's 200th Game Center player, I'm delighted to see folk completing 3-4 and logging impressive distances on the Infinity Mode leaderboard.

A couple blogs have picked up on King of Up, including:
http://www.appgefahren.de/king-of-up...en-136138.html

I'm planning a significant content update and in parallel am looking for volunteers to help with localization - please shoot me a PM if you're up for helping with translation.
05-16-2015, 01:22 PM
#9
Joined: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,006
Yeah this is good fun! Been coming back for quick runs several times a day. Can't wait to see what's added! And thx for the clarification on coins. They're dastardly little shiny things! Lol
05-19-2015, 04:21 PM
#10
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,005
A video walkthrough of 1-1 and 1-2. My German is really rusty, but I like the anguished cry of "Nein!" near the end.


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