An incredible platformer
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 16 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Beautiful retro graphics, solid controls, unique gameplay
Difficulty is a slow ramp
Getting a platformer right on mobile platforms seems to be quite the task since there really aren’t that many good ones out there. Infestor for Android is one of the exceptions, though. As the infestor, you’ll need to take over your enemies in order to make it to the exit of every level.
Your character is basically this green blob that moves slowly and has limited jumping capabilities, but he has one ability that is pretty sweet: he can take over the bodies of his enemies. You’ll need to make use of this skill in order to make it out of each level alive.
The game reminds me a lot of Super Meat Boy, though it’s not as difficult and fast-paced. Each “enemy” has certain things they can do. Some will be able to move faster and jump farther, while others will be able to do things like push boxes. You’ll need to know when to use each in order to make it through the levels.
The controls are surprisingly solid. Everything feels really responsive. Movement is predictable, as is the jumping mechanics. Nothing in the game feels “floaty” like other games. My only quip about the game is the very slow difficulty ramp. The first ten levels are incredibly easy, and only really seem to serve as a super extended tutorial while you get used to the game’s mechanics.
If you’re looking for a solid platformer, Infestor is it. The graphics are beautiful, the gameplay is fun, and the mechanics are interesting enough to keep you playing for quite some time. Don’t worry about spending a dollar on this one, it’s well worth it.