Major Magnet Arcade

Here’s a clever app game that mixes modern touch controls with retro 2D gameplay

Game Title: Major Magnet Arcade

Publisher: PagodaWest Games

Reviewed On: iPhone

Available on: iPad,iPhone

Fri, Jul 11, 2014, 00:00


Major Magnet Arcade is a retro-style platform title as well as an app game that could only have been made in recent years. While the app store is bursting with 2D side-scrolling platform games, Major Magnet Arcade makes full and unique use of the touch screen. With a hint of Sonic the Hedgehog, it asks you to tap magnets on the screen, drawing our hero to swing around them and – when you touch a nearby magnet – fling him. Time your use of the magnet so he launches at the right time and direction. The object of the game (a sequel to the acclaimed Major Magnet) is to collect items to bring to a specified point. Across a humbling 75 stages, this is a zippy, distinctive, challenging and attractive platform game. It’s initially free, albeit with micro-transactions: In fact, it appropriately kicks off with an arcade cabinet – the birthplace of the gaming micro-transaction.