Nyxquest by Chillingo is by no means a new game. It may have just been released on the App Store, but the game has been around for a while on the Wii, as well as on the PC/Mac. Praised as a beautiful and innovative game on these platforms, there were some doubts as to whether the transition to the App Store would be a smooth one or not.
I don’t think anyone expected the handheld version of the game to be such a big hit, and for good reason. The graphics are absolutely stunning, with the fun gameplay to match.
The game finds you playing as Nyx, a goddess that is on a quest to find out what has happened to her love, Icarus, after a world shattering cataclysm. You do this by advancing through the 2d side scrolling platformer.
With simple controls on the left side of the screen for movement and a jump button on the right side of the screen, you will quickly notice that there is no attack button. That is because everything in this game is done by touch control. You can move platforms (which you will need to do to avoid obstacles, or to open up areas, etc.) as well as move fireballs to attack enemies, etc.
The most amazing portion of the game is the art itself. There is a certain subtle quality to the extremely intricate background and element designs that fits the theme of the game extremely well. The music works perfectly with the art, mixing together to create a very nice, relaxing atmosphere.
Not everything is great about the game. The controls seem a bit small, and although you can glide as well as jump quite high, moving while jumping is extremely difficult, and can become a very frustrating affair when it doesn’t work.