Brooklyn-based indie studio Apptly, who made a name for themselves with a string of popularface-morphing entertainment apps like Fatify, Sketchify and Beardify, have — with a little helping hand from Liv Games — recently completed and released their very first iOS game, Pogo Plumber.
As you might have guessed from the image above, Pogo Plumber is a loose homage to/parody of video games’ most famousplumber: Mario. But while Pogo Plumber‘sretro-styled graphics and mustachioed protagonist bear more than a passing resemblance to those of the earlySuper Mario games, the press release we received was quick to point out that, gameplay-wise, this is its own beast.
Intrigued, I picked up Pogo Plumber earlier today, and have been having quite a bit of fun with it so far. It’s an attractive and accessible endless running game that sees you using simple one-tap controls to pogo through a side-scrolling cityscape, bopping enemies on their heads and collecting golden coins. There’s also loads of bonus content like silly hats to unlock (keep an eye out for the Legendary Wars easter egg!) and Game Center-powered leaderboards to compete on, which should help boost the game’s longevity.
Another thing I really dig about Pogo Plumber is that Apptly’sreal-world surroundings apparently influenced the look and feel of its various environments. They had this to say over on their blog, “we drew inspiration from Brooklyn, our home turf, while creating the game, and many of the features in the platformer are reminiscent of the gritty city: dangerous man holes, skid marked streets, a sewer underworld, and city landscapes.”
Pogo Plumber is available right now on the App Store for the very reasonable price of free.