Cordy is a fun puzzle platformer inspired by some true classics
Cordy is a side scrolling puzzle platformer where you play as, you guessed it, Cordy. His job is to get the power back on in his world – a big task for such a small guy! To do this you’ll run around different levels, grabbing power cores that you can then use to power up different stations, opening up the exits to the levels.
Once you start playing Cordy it’s not hard to see where all the game’s inspiration came from. The typical left to right run jump and collect stuff will make you think of Super Mario Bros, but the look and feel of the game was really reminiscent of LittleBigPlanet on the Playstation and PSP. There’s a cute hodgepodge feel to the worlds that makes them seem alive. For good measure it would appear that put a little Sonic the Hedgehog in the game as well, cause man, when you get running you really go fast!
It’s really worth nothing how good this game looks. It’s a side scroller but all the graphics are polygonal, which not only helps it look awesome but paves the way for the game to rotate the game world around Cordy. It’s super impressive to see the world flip around you, and a delight to see these sorts of technically impressive games come to the Android platform.
The controls are well placed on screen, with virtual buttons for moving left and right and jumping. If you haven’t played a side scroller on a touch screen, these take a good amount of time to get used to, but players with some touch screen platforming experience will take to it with ease.
The game is free to download, but really that’s a bit misleading. All you’re getting for free is the first four levels of the first world. These levels give you a good feel for the game, but really only scratch the surface of what the title has to offer. There are even moves and outfits that are locked away at first. In all honesty it’s more of a demo than a free game. But luckily there’s an in-app path to unlocking the full game.
Upgrading to the first game after the first four levels is simple, just pay $1.99 and you’re on your way. I do, however, have a major issue with how vaguely this is explained to the player. At no point, either in the app or on their webpage, Facebook page or anywhere else online, do they tell you how many levels you’re getting for your money. It simply says “Open all levels for $1.99?” But for all I know “all” is another 2 or another 200 levels.
What you actually get is about 13 more levels right now, spread across 3 different worlds. For the fun gameplay that’s worth two bucks, but I have a serious problem with not being able to make a value proposition before plunking down my money. I searched high and low online to find out how many levels the full game included and found nothing. It was only after paying did I see them. That just feels shady to me.
While I felt somewhat wrong about how the upgrade process in handled, at the end of the day that has no effect on gameplay, and in that realm Cordy does an excellent job of providing a worthwhile experience. With super cute impressive graphics and compelling side scrolling platformer goodness, Cordy is a welcome addition to the burgeoning Android scene.