In this charming little game, you play as famous adventurer Alex. You travel to the ancient Mayan City of Tikal, searching for the lost golden masks of the kings. But it turns out that the pyramids are inhabited by many creepy creatures, making your adventure all the more perilous.
As you navigate these creepy ruins, you’ll need to collect golden masks in every level. Along the way, you’ll need to watch out for poisonous spiders and other enemies.
The controls here are very responsive, though they also feel a bit floaty at times. I think this is because of the smooth, long jumps you get with each tap of the “up” button: these jumps seem to defy gravity a bit. Overall, however, the in-game physics are consistent.
For my taste, the graphics a little bit retro-looking, which is always a nice touch in my book. It seems odd to complain about a game set in a dark, dungeon-like tomb for being too dark, but I did occasionally feel like I would have liked to bump up the contrast a bit, if only to save my eyes some.
Mayan Mysteries boasts atmospheric music and charming, almost retro-style graphics. Because this game balances fun gameplay with solid controls and great ambience, Alex: Mayan Mysteries gets a Tapscape score of 8 out of 10. If you really enjoy a game that’s all about exploring creepy caverns and collecting artifacts, grab this game now.
Alex: Mayan Mysteriesis compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.