Play as penguins that jump, dive, and slide on their belly in this cute and fun side-scrolling platformer for iPhone.
Lead your penguins to victory
The goal of Adventure Beaks is to get one of your team of penguins to reach the end of the level. You start with a team of five penguins. Along the way, your birds face all sorts of obstacles including sharp icicles, aggressive animals, and unforgiving walls. Each level has a few different routes to the finish line. Some are at the top of the map, others are the bottom, and some are hidden behind ice marked with a question mark.
Throughout each level are different objects to collect. These include treasure chests, cubes which are used to unlock later levels, and letters that, when collected, give you an extra prize at the end of the level.
After each level, the penguin gets to open the aforementioned treasure chests. The chests contain a variety of items such as gems, outfits, keys, and power-ups.
Each penguin in Adventure Beaks can be customized to wear a variety of different comical clothing and accessories. You also have the option of naming your team as well as each penguin. Although the clothing and accessories are purely cosmetic, the combination of the penguins having names and wearing kooky outfits endears you to the birds.
This is very much a trial and error game. However, Adventure Beaks also has a very high replay value. After collecting all the cubes in a level, you are given challenges (e.g. complete level with no deaths) that earn you more bonuses.
Most levels in Adventure Beaks need to be played twice in order to collect all the items. Each level has a few different routes to the finish line: some are at the top of the map, others are the bottom, and some are hidden behind ice marked with a question mark.
Finally, one of the best features of Adventure Beaks is that there are hardly any ads and the game doesn't shove inapp purchases down your throat.
How to move like a penguin
Controlling your penguins is done through swipe motions. To make your penguin jump, swipe up. To double-jump, swipe up twice. Diving is done by swiping down and holding down will keep your penguin sliding on their belly. Swimming in Adventure Beaks also has a similar control scheme: swipe up to have swim higher and swipe down to send your penguin diving.
This may sound simple, but timing in Adventure Beaks is crucial. As your penguin is always moving forward, waiting too long to jump could result in a mid-air collision with a wall and diving too early could send your penguin down into some spikes.
Adventure Beaks has impressive graphics. The character models for the penguins look like they could be out of a kids’ TV show. Additionally, the outfits are carefully-designed giving each a penguin a unique look that makes it feel like your controlling a team.
The sound in Adventure Beaks is not as strong as the graphics. The sound effects aren't as funny as the graphics and the game has a slightly irritating theme song that loops on the map screen.
An amazing platformer
Adventure Beaks is an incredibly fun game that is driven by gameplay rather than by ad revenue. The game’s replay value is based around finding new areas rather than replaying the same annoying mistakes over and over again. As well as that, the comical nature of the game makes it a perfect choice for kids.