Platformers normally have a set number of levels that you know from the outset. Leap Day is a new action platformer that gives you one new level every day. The game comes from Nitrome, the makers of IceBreaker, GunBrick, Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire, and more. Leap Day offers a similar art style, and with it presents a one touch platformer in which your character runs automatically, and you simply tap the screen to jump. You can double jump, and it’s all about timing up the right trajectory to avoid spikes, bounce on enemies, and collect fruit in a vertically scrolling level.
The one new level per day isn’t a simple little challenge that takes under a minute. Instead, it’s a lengthy adventure with 15 optional checkpoints during your ascent. Leap Day takes a cue from Silly Sausage In Meatland for the checkpoint system allowing you to watch a video or spend 20 fruit to activate a checkpoint, or risk it and keep going. The checkpoints are optional, but can be vital with some of the tougher stretches in the game. You can always push your luck to try two, three, four levels at a time without a checkpoint, but one mistake sends you back to your last checkpoint. Each section in between checkpoints is its own platformer challenge, and you can play one section in your free time, activate a checkpoint, and start the next section when you have time again.
Leap Day is really made with iOS in mind with the bite sized level sections, one touch controls, and incentive to check in every day. The goal is to make it to the gold trophy at the top of a level each day, and fill your calendar with gold trophies. You can also try to collect 100% of the fruit in a level as a score tally, as well as an aid for checkpoints. Having a new level everyday only matters if the core gameplay is actually enjoyable, and that’s where Leap Day excels. The one touch action platformer set-up is very well balanced for an accessible style mixed with challenging jumping sequences through tight stretches of obstacles. The level sections and daily levels share ideas, but there’s always a different arrangement to offer a fresh challenge.
Leap Day (Free, Universal) nails the iOS platform with a thoroughly enjoyable platformer experience that is a must have.