“This is one of the more beautiful platformers on mobile — and that’s saying something. It’s a great sit down and play game, well worth picking up. Premium game with no IAP.”
One night an old man found a mysterious mask; a key to a world hidden on the other side of the rain. It was destined for a hero, a champion, a saviour, but the old man was just a beggar.Uncover the secrets held within the mask as you journey through strange and beautiful lands wielding god like powers over the world around you and discover the truth behind who The Beggar really is!The Beggar’s Ride is a unique and innovative Platform Puzzle Adventure Game where the player can manipulate the environment to solve puzzles in a deep and intriguing story of discovery.
Playing as the titular beggar, one day you happen upon the resting place of a god. A strange land floating in the sky with religious iconography and temples littered about. You also find a mask which gives you the godlike power to move the clouds in the sky and create rain.
Before long, you find more masks. These masks fold into one single mask and increase your power set. The second mask lets you tilt the level to affect gravity and slide things about. The third lets you slide special pieces of ground along designated paths. The fourth and final mask lets you control the sun and moon in the sky, switching between day and night at will. You can also shoot beams of light from the sun, and cycle through the phases of the lunar cycle. Whenever you put the mask on, everything becomes illuminated and golden, with interactive objects highlighted in red. When in god mode, however, you can no longer move, so you’ll have to switch back and forth. You’re not alone in this world, as little crystalline creatures that are too sharp to touch, ancient stone guardians that hurl rocks at your head, and a handful of evil shades are walking about well.
The game is a little bit like a Metroidvania. It’s mostly one big interconnected world. Certain check points actually act as teleportation points, so you can easily go back to older areas and search for any collectibles you missed. There are one or two little alcoves that can’t be reached unless you come back to an old area with new powers. It’s not as much of a Metroidvania as LostWinds, but it’s somewhat in the same spirit. Mostly it’s a matter of puzzle solving over exploration. And the puzzles can be very creative. Only a few were frustrating brain busters. The majority of them were satisfying.
What makes some puzzles frustrating is not difficulty of design, but of execution due to the stiff platforming. Many puzzles don’t rely on any platforming skills, but the ones that do suffer for it. This doesn’t exactly play like Super Meat Boy. You can switch between touch or virtual button controls. The virtual stick seems to be the infinitely better option for movement. Jumping is the same in either mode, where you tap above the beggar’s head. Certain ledges/corners can be grabbed and climbed onto, but it’s super difficult to tell which ones you can and cannot do so with. It almost seems arbitrary. I wish more time was put into the platforming as it’s unsatisfying in the end.
All in all, taking the time to look for most of the collectibles, this game will take you 2 to 3 hours to play, not counting my obsessive hour of searching. Most of the game is polished to a shine, aside from the drawbacks I’ve mentioned. It’s a solid, finished game at a premium price with no IAP to boot. If you like puzzle platformers, and if you like games like LostWinds, this is a must buy. A short, sweet, and fairly brilliant ride through a colorful and imaginative world.
Game: The Beggar’s Ride | 3.99$ | Universal app | Download