Darkland might seem like a pretty simple game, which it is, but it is, in fact, also quite challenging. This is due to the controls, or, well, the lack of them, if you will. There are seriously no buttons; there zero buttons, not of any kind. In order to move forward (the only action you will be able to do throughout the game), you just have to tap on the screen. To play this game, you only need a finger and a lot of will and patience.
One thing you can take for granted: you will die a lot of times. But worry not, as death won’t have a real penalty other than having to start the level from the very beginning. At least, Darkland won’t make you waste your time making you watch a long and boring game over scene.
The objective of the game is to complete each level by completing a route, avoiding obstacles until reaching a warp point. Aforementioned snags will be the typical platformer obstacles, like moving platforms and spikes; there’s always a way to pass over them, of course, even though it might be a bit difficult, as they have been designed to defy Darkland’s particular controls.
As you advance and complete more and more of the 54 available levels, the objective becomes harder to accomplish. At least, you can play a level as many times as you want or need, and there are no time limits, so there really isn’t a rush. But I must say it can be a bit of a pain in the neck; the difficulty of Darkland border on annoying. The simplicity of the controls, contrary to what one may think, only makes the gameplay harder; you gotta be precise and have a great timing. However, it’s still a pretty good game.
Just remember: practice makes the master. But you might want to consider that a good memory would also help you (a lot, it’s nearly mandatory, in fact) get through Darkland’s levels.
You will find that Darkland’s aesthetics are quite pleasant to see: minimalistic yet beautiful, with its dark background and occasional glowing figures, such as the player’s character would be: Billy, a glowing white cube who’s lost in into Darkland. The graphics are just lovely, same as the music.
You can download Darkland for the nearly ridiculous price of $0.27 on the Play Store, or for $0.99 on the App Store – either way, once you’ve downloaded the app, you will realize it does not content in-app purchases, except for a “donation” you can opt to so that you can show your support and remove ads.