These days, the mobile game industry is leaning heavily towards multiplayer games. Whether it's city building games, strategies, mobas or even some casual card games, each of them has one thing in common and it's multiplayer mode. Even so, while most games follow this competitive multiplayer standard in one way or another, there are also titles focused on providing a memorable one-player experience. One of those games is Witcheye, a retro-style platform game with a fairly unique and unorthodox game mechanic.
Development and reception
Witcheye was published by Devolver Digital a company known for publishing Indie games. This company was founded in 2009, and since then, they published some well-known games, including several titles of Serious Sam, Hotline Miami, Shadow Warrior and many others. Recently, its most recent title, Witcheye, was released for Android and iOS on August 15, 2019. Currently (August 20), on Google Play, Witcheye has more than 1000 installations and an average rating of 4.6 stars with 80+ opinions. On the App Store, Witcheye currently has a score of 4.7 users with more than 30 comments. It is also worth mentioning that Witcheye is a paid game, and currently costs USD 2.99 in both stores. When you consider the fact that this game has to offer more than 50 levels with a lot of repeat value, it has a very high value for money.
Witcheye's story is quite simple and straightforward. The wise wizard Senexis has sent a brave knight to retrieve the treasures of the witch Mabel who lives on the deepest ocean in a cave inside a dark forest. In return, the magician promised to grant great power to the knight, who boldly accepts this quest and heads to the witch's lair. After locating it, the knight steals the witch's treasures and ingredients, and enraged by this, embarks on a mission to follow him and claim his possessions. Using his ingenious magic, the witch becomes the flying eyeball, and thus begins the adventure.
Witcheye is classified as a platform game, but it is nothing like the usual platform games. The gameplay of Witcheye is very simple and easy to understand. You can control the floating eye by sliding your finger anywhere on the screen. Doing so will cause the eye to fly in the direction of the blow. While flying, interacting with any obstacle will bounce in the eye. You can prevent the eye from moving simply by touching any part of the screen, which will keep it still until you slide the screen to move it again.
While playing, you will encounter several enemies, each with different abilities and weaknesses. In general, you eliminate enemies simply by colliding with them. However, you should still be aware of your skills while doing so. For example, some enemies in the form of a candle may occasionally catch fire, and colliding with them will cause you to suffer damage, so you must wait until their fire is extinguished before eliminating them.
In addition, it is worth noting that some levels contain boss-type enemies. These are much more difficult than regular enemies and have a much wider range of movements and special abilities, and some of them can be quite challenging. Fortunately, almost all bosses are designed quite well, and in most cases, it is clear when you have an opportunity to attack and when you need to avoid their skills. In general, there is a learning curve for each of the bosses, but it will not take you long to discover them.
Apart from that, each level contains a certain amount of treasures that you can collect. There is an indicator at the bottom right of the screen, so you can easily track the amount of treasures you collect in each level. Some of these will fall from certain enemies that you defeat, while others are well hidden, so you must be attentive to them.
Witcheye's graphics have a lot of old-school retro style. Everything is pixelated, and the general atmosphere of the game is the same as that of the 8-bit titles of the old school. Still, this is a very good thing, and it gives Witcheye a special feeling. Despite being pixelated, the graphics are remarkably well done and well detailed, while maintaining that retro atmosphere. In addition, the effects and animations complement that retro feeling, which is another advantage. If you like old-school retro games, you'll definitely love Witcheye's artistic style.
This is one of the most important things in Witcheye. Once you enter the game world, you will instantly get hooked and feel the need to advance through the levels. In addition, the feeling of achievement when you finish the level with all the collected treasures is really good, and the developers really made it. Even if you miss some of the treasures, you will be able to play the levels again, and since most of them are quite short, it will not be too frustrating or boring.
Witcheye's soundtrack is very well done. You will notice instantly that, although the music certainly has that retro atmosphere, the quality of the soundtrack is well above the 8-bit era, which is understandable and a good thing, to be honest. Both sound effects and music fit incredibly well with all pixelated art, and you will most likely find it enjoyable.
Overall, Witcheye is an amazing platform game that differs from typical platform games in a very good way. If you like platform games, or are a fan of retro games, or if you simply want to try something new and different, you should try it. It will offer you many hours of fun and entertainment, and given the price of $ 2.99, it is basically a bargain. Congratulations to the developers for doing this, well done!