When you first start playing a Nitrome game, you always know you’re going to come across something genius. This studio is known for bringing together gaming tropes and whipping them up into fresh and novel experiences. Stretch Dungeon might well be one of the most pleasant surprises I’ve come across in a long time. In this fun game you don’t play the main character who has to cover as much ground as possible – you play the walls around him.
True to its genre, this original vertical-falling game rolls out tons of dangers for you to get around in the path in front of you. The originality comes from the fact that you have to compress the dungeon walls by tapping your screen. Actually, this is the only thing you can do – and you have to figure out how to use it to prolong your cutesy character’s life for as long as possible. Compressing and decompressing the walls is closely linked to your character’s movement in Stretch Dungeon: the different jumps this action prompts depend on the game’s physics, which work brilliantly and make precise parabolas.
Still, it won’t be easy. It might take you a little bit to get used to how Stretch Dungeon works since the same precision works equally well when you make a mistake. Death is something you’ll have to get used to as part of your learning process. Once you understand how the walls work, the game takes on another dimension – and that’s when you understand that the only thing responsible for your losing all the time is your own clumsiness.
The dungeons change with each new round to deliver a basically infinite playability. Plus once you make it to 15 points you’ll reach a new world with new gameplays. This will test your skill in staying alert to the new dangers every few steps. This plays out over four different settings that you can get access to from the very beginning if you pay the price to unlock them: 200 gems. Gems that you’ll go around collecting, as usual in Nitrome games, along your way. They’ll also serve to bring you back to life in the last place you died.
Stretch Dungeon is a unique game among its kind. Its original premise will resonate in your head even when you’re not playing it. Plus, it’s a game that oozes Nitrome from all pores: its colorful, pretty design meshes perfectly with the standard Nitrome sense of humor. A free title for Android that you won’t want to miss.
Stretch Dungeon for Android on Uptodown [APK] | Download