App description: Lars: Super Action Danger Lizard! is a full-featured platform game with hand-drawn pixel art, faithful old-school controls, classic retro soundtracks, and over 60 huge levels of jumping scrolling action. Each level has plenty of pickups and secrets to explore.

"For fans of retro platformers like Super Mario Bros., Lars is a perfect iPad title."
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- CultofMac.com

"Ive been playing around with Lars using the Joypad for a couple of days now, and it works just as flawlessly as it does in the video."
- TouchArcade.com

Meet Lizard Lars: Super Action Man of International Danger Lizard.

Follow Agent Lars from the perilous beaches of "Tutorial Bay" through the dense and dangerous "Jungles of Incredible Peril" on your quest to save the world from the clutches of sinister forces. Only Lars can confront the mad organization of doom lurking in the ancient island ruins, learn their terrible and destructive secrets, and ultimately foil whatever evil plan they have scheduled for this week.

Will good prevail? It will take all of your skill and cunning as you jump, dodge, and swim your way through over 60 intense levels of platform-shaped danger.

Lars Includes:
- Fantastic jumping platform action.

- A wide range of baddies, including rats, bigger rats, coco-rats, and something we call SnarlyFish.

- Original soundtracks and hand-painted backgrounds.

- Amazing 8-bit Retro Graphics. That's almost 64 pixels per square inch!

- Thrilling story line!

- Highscore leader boards for when you're bored with the thrilling story.

GAMEPLAY VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PMUMQB19HQ

GAMEPLAY NOTES: The level progression for Lars is laid out like Super Mario Bros. Easier up front, much more difficult after the first few worlds. If you find it's too easy initially, don't worry. The later missions are much... much more challenging. Stick with it to the end, you won't regret it.

PERFORMANCE GUIDE:
Lars performs well on 2nd Generation iPods and Newer, and iPhone 3GS and Newer, as well as the iPad of course. iPhone3G is slower, but playable. First generation iPhone and iPod Touch not supported. If your gameplay seems slow, try switching to FULLSCREEN mode under Options for a speed boost.

deadweight's comments:
Lars! Super Action Danger Lizard

Over 60 Levels of platform action with plenty of pickups, unlockables, and Mario-physics. Future expansion packs on the way as well.

12-17-2010, 10:30 AM
#2
Looks great. Reminds me of "frogatto". I'll probably take the risk since I'm a fan of platform games. Hope I don't regret it.

12-17-2010, 10:32 AM
#3
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Great surprise!

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12-17-2010, 10:46 AM
#4
Joined: Dec 2008
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Game Impressions

A loving homage to the 8 bit era, but also a fun and content-packed platformer on it's own right. Controls are good, the physics are appropriately Mario like, and the level design is actually very well done (even in the tutorial there are some cool challenges). Hit detection is a bit loose for my taste, but nothing too frustrating. As package it doesn't quite reach the heights of Pizza Boy, but Lars is much, much, much longer. For .99 it's a must have for platformer and retro fans.
12-17-2010, 12:25 PM
#5
Here's some gameplay video from the iPhone version. We spent a lot of time tweaking the controls and physics so it felt as close to our old favorite platformers possible.


Youtube link | Pop Up


iPad video coming soon.
12-17-2010, 01:08 PM
#6
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: World, now Belgium
Posts: 3,031
Why did I miss it on app shopper!!??
Downloading now .... And looking forward for the update in January!

And please add auto rotate. The controls fight with the headphone jack!

Did I say it is a nice one??

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12-17-2010, 02:03 PM
#7
POST MOVED FROM IPAD THREAD...


Just picked this up... and after getting Super 8-Bit Santa, Bunny In Island, Archaic Town Adventures, Juz: Guitar Picks...

This was a VERY refreshing grab. I love the level design, and the way the movement button works (walk slower if holding towards the middle, walk faster the further you move your thumb from the middle area...)...

Being able to change direction in mid-air after a jump is a GREAT addition as well, which you did a VERY good job of executing. Most of the platformers I've played recently (with the exception of Hooga) are almost impossible to control your mid-air character.

I can't wait to get further into this game! Some of the level maps look like they get bigger and better...

and to anyone else that gets this game... those things on the ground that look like green spikes... are not spikes, but grass (I think...) - anyway, they cause no damage when landing on or walking through them... which I didn't find out until the 3rd stage, and that was by accident... =oP


totally gonna recommend this game to all my other platform loving friends!




forgot to mention the SLIGHT Metroid aspect... to get all the little extras, and bypass some areas in order to finish a stage, you need to pass up an area, go further in the stage, find a key, and take it back to the area that's closed off... - I'm a sucker for backtracking when it comes to video games...


^^also pretty much what I wrote in my app store review. =oD

I've been playing this all day, and can not believe how long it takes to beat some of the levels... especially with all the backtracking... it almost feels like there should be some checkpoints, but everytime I think it'd be a good place for one, I'm like, 3 platforms from the exit. =oP

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12-17-2010, 02:15 PM
#8
Is this better than the recent retro adventure? Looks similar.
12-17-2010, 02:20 PM
#9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stirolak26 View Post
Is this better than the recent retro adventure? Looks similar.


YES!

Not far off... but it controls better, looks better, plays better, the levels are larger...


You're better off getting this than Retro Adventure.



---a platformer FANATIC. =o)

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12-17-2010, 02:39 PM
#10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by syntheticvoid View Post
YES!

Not far off... but it controls better, looks better, plays better, the levels are larger...


You're better off getting this than Retro Adventure.



---a platformer FANATIC. =o)
This is a better game than RA.

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