Leo’s Fortune is a puzzle platforming game developed by 1337 and Senri LLC. The Swedish made game was originally developed for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and the Amazon App store in early 2014. It got later ported to Steam and PS4 in September 2015.
Gameplay in Leo’s Fortune is sublime. I am not normally a fan of the puzzle platforming type but the slick movement and clever way the puzzles are put together, makes play absolutely wonderfully. Leo is a cute little ball of fluffiness – you are able to squelch yourself to a smaller size, or puff yourself up which also in turn makes you jump and float. A lot of the game play uses a lot of momentum type physics meaning some of the maps you can be doing at quite a quick pace. The puzzles in Leo’s Fortune aren’t so difficult that you aren’t able to figure them out within a few seconds; the game doesn’t present many obstacles which prevent you from completing the level; it’s the Star rating system which offers the most complexity in the game – you are rewarded with 1 star for completing a level, 2 stars for not dying on the level, and 3 stars for completing the level in under 4 minutes (usually). Each set of four levels require you to have 5 stars in total to move onto the next block. It works as a sort of gating system, meaning you may have to replay previous levels in order to move on.
Leo’s Fortune has some really gorgeous looking graphics; although the game is only 2D, the world in which you are playing in is so amazingly rendered it is hard to believe that this is actually a mobile game at its core. The animation of Leo is perfect, the way you are able to move him about in all sorts of different shapes and sizes is just a testament to how good the animation really is in this game. Whilst the game doesn’t have that much audio, Leo does have an interesting voice actor, you’ll get odd snippets of dialogue from him at times, he sounds a bit like a Muppet, and it is hilarious. He doesn’t say much but you really learn a lot about the character just from the small bits.
The game has varying levels of difficulty like I said above with the star rating system; similar to h ow it’s done in games like Angry Birds. But the game also offers an extra level of difficulty in the regular “normal and hard” mode difficulty levels. Only the hard core platforming players should really play the hard mode, as I had plenty of issues progressing on the higher stages with higher star ratings on the normal mode.
Sadly Leo’s Fortune is a very short game; I completed all 5 stages in just over one hour; granted I only just scrapped by on the Star requirements to progress on the stages, but even then, one hour is very short for a game nowadays. You can get a little extra time out of the game if you replay previous levels for a higher star rating, or ramping up the overall difficulty; but personally you are just rehashing old content so one play through is really enough for me.
The game needs to be played with a 360 controller; I couldn’t get the game to work with a keyboard. I also couldn’t get the game to work with the Steam controller too. Small note for people wanting to use Fraps video capturing – it doesn’t work on this game either sadly.
The only downside to Leo’s Fortune is the shortness of the game; the rest of the game is stellar. The price for this game on iOS is £3, 99; compared to the Steam price of £5, 59. If you are really into the puzzle platforming games, you probably should check this game out for the regular price as I can guarantee you will get plenty of enjoyment out of it and you will find yourself wanting to complete the levels with three stars each time. If you are wanting a more casual experience out of the game; then wait for it to go on sale. Personally I am going to only recommend it when it is on sale, purely because of the short play time.