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Review Leo's Fortune
Cute hairball platform puzzle
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 25 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One S
Atmospheric soundtrack, stunning graphics, interesting gameplay, lots of levels
There are good mornings. Those with warm tea and a purple light. Then there are mornings with tea that keeps going cold, and the only light is the gentle glow your screen. When you've woken up early to play Leo's Fortune for Android; a game that demands full attention and both of your hands.
Leo's Fortune is a platform puzzle in which you play a delightfully cute, mustachioed turquoise furball-engineer-inventor. Somebody has stolen Leo's Fortune, and scattered it through a series of levels; like a trail of breadcrumbs to follow. It's pretty easy to figure out what you have to do in the puzzles, so the main challenge lies in dexterity and timing needed for jumping onto moving objects at the right time.
While the concept of collecting coins in a fast-moving platform game might seem overfamiliar by now, Leo's Fortune adds some original dimensions that make it an interesting and unique game to play. For example, Leo jumps by inflating himself, and this feature can also be used to trap yourself in a narrow space before dropping down at the right moment. You can dive in water, but you'll need to swim upward while inflating for some distance to jump out of water. The physics don't always behave exactly as you would expect, but this only makes Leo's Fortune more interesting.
Levels in Leo's Fortune are grouped into worlds, with distinctive graphical and musical themes. The graphics are stunning, with a trick of perspective used to make objects appear 3D. There are dust effects and so on, that are photo-realistic. Even the music doesn't get boring, and changes to be well suited for the different themes of each world. After completing a difficult task, Leo will say "Aha!" or "Yes!", which is a nice little reward. $5 might seem like a hefty price for an Android game; but you are buying something that could easily compete with more expensive games on handheld consoles.
Leo's Fortune did make my phone heat up, and drained the battery doing so, although it is quite good at putting itself to sleep when you do something else with your device. Leo himself is an adorable character, and you'll find yourself pulled into his fairy tale; wanting to finish the next level so you can find out more.