Leo's Fortune for Android

Popular platformer arrives on Android after debuting at Google I/O

Leo's Fortune is a cute platforming game that has arrived on Android today after making a big splash on iOS and winning a whole bunch of awards – as well as a cheeky debut at Google I/O. It has finely crafted stages with beautiful graphics and clever puzzles. The story has a whimsical, old-timey charm to it and strong voice acting to boot.

There are 19 stages across 5 acts all told. Between each you'll learn a little bit more about how a rich mustachioed fuzzball named Leopold lost his riches and what he's doing to get them back. The levels themselves involve split-second timing to get from point A to point B without getting hurt on various pointy obstacles, and also a bit of thinking to move around crates, flip switches, and otherwise figure your way through the path forward. Though stages are completed just by getting to the end, you can earn up to three bonus stars for collecting all of Leo's coins, not getting Leo killed, and beating a certain time record.

The controls are polished, but it's basically a dual-stick set-up that's better suited for a supported hardware controller. Drag on the left side of the screen to move left or right, and drag on the right side to jump or drop. The gameplay is ultimately very traditional. The only real twist is being able to inflate or condense in order to adjust your airtime or wedge into small spaces, and even that's not a huge departure from classic platforming games. That's perfectly fine for those that love the genre, and anyone that has put a significant amount of time into Sonic games are likely to appreciate the polish and balance put into the physics here. On the flip side, grizzled platformer players may have trouble finding anything really new and will have to lean on the story and setting to get the most out of Leo's Fortune.

That said, the art style is really great. Fine details, like how Leo's blobby form melts up against the terrain, and how his eyes drift to the front and then to the side of his body as you move him left to right, are definitely appreciated. Background and foreground objects provide a strong sense of perspective as you navigate through a healthy variety of settings. The orchestral soundtrack follows closely in step with the otherworldly theme, inspiring a slight Disney vibe.

Leo's Fortune earns bonus points from bucking the trend of offering in-app purchases for shortcuts. There's support for cloud saves, so you can continue on other devices seamlessly. All in all, Leo's Fortune is a very pretty platforming game with familiar mechanics. It's not pushing any boundaries on either front, but that doesn't stop it from being an altogether fun, charming little game.

 
There are 13 comments

Definately want to give this a try. Someone on the PlayStore gave only gave it 4 stars because a notification icon was colored not white...that made me laugh & sad all at once.

I think it's good for people to give feedback through the store. It's just unfortunate when people say something like this and give it one or two stars for some simple flaw.
$4.99 is tough for me to get games for, although I should consider this price more often. It varies for everyone but I am in the $1.99 to $2.99 range (or free of course) and tend to get enough good games at that level that I don't need to look higher.

Deolarte says:

Will this be available for the Amazon App store, or will it be a google play exclusive for now? I have way too many amazon coins, Im still waiting for Hitman Go to arrive, and hopefully age of empires.

seanjenkins says:

Looks very similar to badlands

n5

It's a round character that moves left to right, but the gameplay is nothing like badlands.

Absolutely going to pick this up. Thanks Alex!

Suntan says:

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting tired of the "angry birds" setup involving the awarding of 3 stars for doing random things that turn an easy level into a sometimes impossibly level?

I'd much rather have really well thought out levels and then not have to waste time figuring out how to jump just right to get that one coin placed high up...

-Suntan

That isn't the all out purpose of this game. It follows a story and the levels in this game are superbly designed.

Simon Sage says:

I think the point is to provide some replay value. If all you had to do was reach the end, you'd run out of content pretty quick.

amc06003 says:

This game is pretty well done, and i'm enjoying it despite the price tag. Just out of curiosity, how can a game have 104 five star ratings with only 10-50 installs? (at the time of writing this)

Viper says:

Install count is usually on a 24 or 48 hour delay, to account for people that uninstall within the refund time frame.

amc06003 says:

Ahh that makes sense. Thanks for the insight!

FaTaL_Err0r says:

Will it come to amazon app store?