LEO'S FORTUNE HD EDITION
By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on September 13, 2015
Has there ever been a hero that looked like greenish-blue furry ball sporting a big bushy mustache? Well, if ever was one, I have never met him… until now! Originally released for iOS, Android and Windows phone in 2014, Leo’s Fortune now makes the leap to the big screen and is available for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Playstation 4 and Xbox One as the Leo’s Fortune HD Edition.
Meet Leo; engineer extraordinaire, who has gathered a vast fortune by inventing stuff. Everything is going just fine until one day, Leo wakes up and all his gold seems to be stolen by a mysterious thief. He suspects the culprit to be one of his relatives who, in his mind, all have a very good reason for wanting his wealth for their own...
So Leo writes a note to his wife, saying he will be back soon and sets out to recover his gold and discover the identity of this mysterious gold-nabbing villain. Luckily, the thief seems to be a bit on the clumsy side and has left a trail of gold coins throughout the land for Leo to follow. This gold trail leads Leo through 24 beautifully handcrafted but deviously dangerous levels. Leo will need all his wits to overcome the many dangers that these levels hold.
Being an armless, legless furry ball, Leo’s preferred mode of transportation is sliding across the ground, building up speed in order to slide up vertical surfaces and reach higher ground. He can also jump up, puff up like a puffer fish to float gently through the air or smash down on obstacles. Combining these skills is absolutely necessary in order to survive the perilous journey and gather his stolen fortune one coin at a time.
The environments of Leo’s fortune are absolutely stunningly, hand drawn pieces of art, as is our furry hero himself. While playing, I couldn’t help but stare in awe at the fabulous backdrops that set the scene for this awesome adventure. The intricately designed levels pose a more than decent challenge for every fan of the platforming genre. There are three difficulty levels to play on when you first start the game: easy, normal and hard.
After completing the game on one of these difficulties, you unlock the Hardcore mode. This mode challenges you to play through the entire story without dying once; a feat not to be sneezed at. You’ll have to make your way through each level without so much as a single mistake. And seeing as how the levels are built up from moving and rotating elements, thorny spikes, and more bottomless pits than you can shake a fist at, this is really a hardcore challenge.
The music of Leo’s Fortune puts me in mind of fairytales and cartoons I used to watch when I was a kid. Every track seems to perfectly match the level you’re currently playing through and enhances the overall feel of the level at hand. The combination of music and art helps to immerse the player into the world of Leo’s Fortune and makes you want to do nothing else than track down the mysterious thief and help Leo get his gold back.
To top it all off, Leo’s adventure features beautiful cutscenes, in which the story is explained step by step. This game is narrated by none other than our furry friend himself: Leo. The voice acting in Leo’s Fortune, although only a small part of the total game, can be called nothing less than outstanding. Combining all these elements makes Leo’s fortune a game worth playing. In no time, you’ll find yourself trying to make it through the dangerous level in one piece, while trying to collect every last gold coin that’s been scattered throughout the level.
I really loved Leo’s Fortune and sincerely hope the developers at 1337 & Senri LLC are planning on regaling us with more high-quality games like this one. Though the game has a fairly simple premise, the beauty and intricacy with which it is put together makes it a definite must-play in my book! And now, if you’d excuse me, I’m off to try collecting all of Leo’s gold without dying a single time… wish me luck!