Lost Cartridge Jam: Drop The Adventure

“Drop The Adventure” by Amir Bayareh.

“Guide Drop through the castle, [gather] as many gems as possible and defeat the monsters that haunt the land! Use your guide line to align your movement and set the proper power guage to throw Drop around the stages.”

“Drop The Adventure” may be the most child friendly jam submission we recommended this year, but at the same time it offers some amazing challenges for adults as well. The graphics are made in a minimalistic retro pixel art style and the objects in general show off a clear intention and thereby a goal. Gems? Those are good, so you better collect them all to gather points. Slimes, bats and acid fireball spitting dragons? They are clearly the baddies, so you better bounce on them to fight them off.

The simple control scheme is also very easy to pick up. You guide Drop in the right direction with your left and right arrow keys, while at the same time you control its speed with the up and down keys. A quick press on the spacebar and the move is done. The bouncy feedback of the character is highly enjoyable for any age and sometimes an assumed unlucky shot proves to create a great chain reaction. Like I said in the first paragraph though, “Drop The Adventure” is not for kids only. The design of the twenty levels gets trickier in a subtle way. While it is not necessary to collect all jewelry, a higher score is still advisable to have, as each continue after a game over costs fifty thousand points. [PLAY]