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There are some games that I can instantly tell are going to be good, and Dynamite Jack from Hassey Enterprises is one of them. The game revolves around Jack, who is a captured space marine, and has just escaped into the Anathema Mines. Now you need to guide him out of the mines with just a flashlight and some bombs. Every level presents a mix of puzzle platformer, stealth, strategy, adventure, and some Bomberman for a relatively unique iOS experience. The game is shrouded in darkness; the only light comes from a few mine lights, and flashlights.
There are guards moving about the mines, and players need to avoid their flashlights on the way to the exit point. Gamers have a choice of whether you want to dodge the guards or blow them up, but either way will mix strategy with action. One can watch the guards’ paths to plant a bomb, or detonate a bomb to call the guards to that point, and then have another dynamite blast waiting for them when they return to their post. Players are going to mix and match strategies as you maneuver your way through dark corridors, and you will need to blast away through occasionally since you’re in a mine.
Throughout the 28 deluxe levels, there are multiple objectives including collecting key cards, detonating security fences, and blasting through rock to pick up crystals and chips. There are many deluxe enemies as well, and even more ways to die, but thankfully the game has a great checkpoint system to keep playing through the complex levels. There’s never a dull moment moving about the caves – the game can really get adrenaline pumping. Even the detonations of the guards brought a smile to my face.
Dynamite Jack a great gaming experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the 28 included levels. As soon as I finished I wanted more. That’s what’s great about the level editor – it allowing your one to create and share their own levels. Players can play others’ creations to extend the replay value. Dynamite Jack is a great choice that nails the iOS experience, and is generally a blast.