After stepping out of the platforming genre with their last title Neoteria, Orange Pixel‘s back to their bread and butter with Chrono&Cash, an arcade side-scroller with lots of enemies to avoid and loot to steal.
Every one of the game’s levels takes place on a single screen, which fans of Muffin Knight and Super Crate Box will instantly be familiar with. But in Chrono&Cash, there’s a lot more strategy involved than blasting away enemies left and right to clear a path, simply because players don’t have a weapon to use. Staying alive means avoiding enemies at any cost as they jump out from designated doors to serve one purpose: stop Cash and his robot friend C2 as they travel through time, collecting all the loot on-screen to finish the level.
I always remember Orange Pixel as one of the first platforming developers to really master on-screen touch controls, and the tight, responsive virtual buttons in Chrono&Cash are no different. Whether playing in landscape or portrait mode – one of the only platformers in my memory that allows for play in both orientations – the buttons work perfectly, which is needed, because the game presents quite a challenge at times. Plus, Cash works with both Joypad and iCade, allowing for maximum platforming precision.
Graphically, Chrono&Cash is the same pixel-packed design they’ve made their trademark over the last couple years, keeping the frame rate high and the action flowing. The level design itself does get a little repetitive through the game, but this is simply a by-product of producing single-screen levels to fit on the smaller iPhone screen – things are bound to repeat themselves at some point.
With Chrono&Cash, Orange Pixel once again takes familiar gameplay and wraps it up in their own retro stylings, keeping gameplay simple but challenging players to think and react quickly when traversing through the game’s challenging levels. Definitely worth a download for platforming fans looking for a challenge, and any gamer looking for some 8-bit action on their iOS device.