In a dream world, anything is possible, and that includes Imps flying around trying to protect our dreams from parasitic dreamcatchers. Imps in Tokyo is a new action arcade game for iOS that lets you play as the Imps attempting to protect the dreams of those laying in their beds in Tokyo. It’s a touch based challenge where you drag your finger across the screen to direct your imp to capture dreams, and stop the fleeing dreamcatchers. There are four different types of imps at your disposal with unique abilities to dispatch the enemies.
Imps in Tokyo features 15 levels with each one introducing a relatively new task. The imps are constantly switched out, and the challenge you face changes to fit the progressing storyline. In some levels, your goal is to simply collect all of the dream orbs, while others require you to trap dreamcatchers in bubbles for interrogation later. No matter the objective, all you do is drag your finger on screen to guide your imp through the flowing dream orbs, into the dreamcatchers, or away from the spiked parasites. Everything is done in an attempt to thwart the plans of Mr. Cornelious, who is the leader of the dreamcatchers, and has a nefarious plan for all of the dreams that are collected.
A lot of time has been put into crafting the story, and world of Imps in Tokyo. There’s also a great deal of polish and style applied to the game that you can’t help but appreciate. Imps in Tokyo definitely has highlights, but there are also some lowlights. The main drawbacks revolve around the overall simplicity of the game. Though there is level variety, the core concept of dragging the imp around doesn’t really change, or become more complex. It can be bland to continuously weave through with little challenge beyond avoiding the spiked enemies. Imps in Tokyo isn’t that engaging because there’s little risk of level failure, and everything moves relatively slowly. It can be seen as somewhat relaxing, but it’s more monotonous than anything else. Also, the overall game is a bit on the short side with the 15 story levels that aren’t that long in terms of scope, except for when they feel like they just won’t end.
Imps in Tokyo ($1.99, Universal) looks promising, but it just fails to become more complex, or compelling making it tough to recommend.