Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate's Hideout (iOS) Review

By David Lovato 15.01.2016

Review for Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate

In the 1980s, Doom co-creator John Romero, inspired by games like Super Mario Bros., put together a platforming adventure to showcase the abilities of the Apple II. Dangerous Dave, which prides itself on being a hillbilly-themed adventure, went on to spawn various sequels and ports, and now Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate's Hideout finds its way onto iOS.

Being an early platformer, Dave features the hallmarks of the genre: players guide a character named Dave as he jumps his way from platform to platform, dodging bad guys, fire, and "weird" things, as well as collecting gems and trophies. Dave will find various power-ups, like a jetpack that allows him to float, or a gun that comes in handy when taking out enemies from a distance. The aim of the game is to collect all of the trophies Dave's nemesis Clyde has stolen from him.

Screenshot for Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate's Hideout on iOS

Dangerous Dave lacks the physics finesse of the Mario titles. Movements are stocky,and hitboxes can be unpredictable. None of this is unforgivable, but it ends up standing out when the game's positives can be boiled down to it simply having all of the features expected of a platformer. The iOS update features a soundtrack and new graphics, but also features the entirety of the original game. For a free game, it's at least worth a shot, and compared to a lot of free games on iOS, this one isn't invasive. Upon dying, players have the option to view an ad in exchange for a free life, and otherwise are left to their game. It's a nice breath of fresh air in a market dominated by pay-to-win cash grabs. Unfortunately, the game doesn't seem capable of saving progress, and closing the game and re-opening it starts things up from the very beginning.

Screenshot for Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate's Hideout on iOS

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Dangerous Dave in the Deserted Pirate's Hideout is a decent platformer and this iOS port is top-notch—the source material just happens to be dated. It doesn't quite do anything wrong or make any egregious mistakes, but it's not likely to appeal to many outside of fans of the original series. Still, the addition of a quality soundtrack and the ability to choose the original or updated graphics are nice touches, and the non-invasive advertisement scheme should set the example for advertisements in mobile games. The lack of any progress saving is curious, but all in all, the app is a solid release.

Developer

John Romero

Publisher

Alfonso Romero

Genre

2D Platformer

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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