Ever since the Doodler first began his journey to the stars, a great new genre of high-score jumping games has flourished on the iPhone. A Moon For The Sky is another vertical platformer, but with a touchscreen twist that lets you draw trampolines to bounce ever-higher.
Each of the game’s 18 brief levels has you racing against the clock to complete an obstacle course of floating blocks. Drawing lines on the screen will propel you upwards, but if your bouncing moon misses and falls to the bottom, you’ll have to start over.
Planks… in… space!
A Moon For The Sky also contains a fun endless mode, which is randomized and will post your high score on Game Center. However, unlike in Ninjatown: Trees of Doom!, we didn’t find that A Moon For The Sky’s endless mode actually becomes more challenging the more you play. At a certain point, the obstacles just repeat, and it becomes a game of endurance rather than skill.
When you first start the game, only the endless mode and one set of levels are unlocked. The rest have to be unlocked by accumulating “Bulky Coins”, the virtual currency of publisher Bulkypix. Bulky Coins are earned at a rate of one coin for every ten stars you collect in either mode, or they can be purchased using real-world money.
That’s no moon, that’s a… frog?
In addition to unlocking the two adventure mode level packs, Bulky Coins can be used to customize your moon and its bouncing, vestigial “badge”. The last level pack costs a whopping 2,000 Bulky Coins, which took us about two hours of playing through the game’s modes to collect. Fortunately, replaying the adventure mode levels is fairly fun due to their time-based medal system.
We should note one more thing about Bulky Coins and A Moon For The Sky’s online high-score mode. You can use lives to continue playing in endless mode if you make a mistake, and extra lives can be bought for more Bulky Coins. As a result, we think this might make the playing field a bit uneven, as players who shell out extra cash or grind away to buy extra lives can dominate the leaderboards.
A Moon For The Sky is a simple jumping game, but it’s got a wonderful sense of style and a very cool presentation. The purchasing mechanic doesn’t feel too oppressive, and for future updates we’d like to see even more things to unlock, like extra modes and levels. We can easily recommend this charming vertical platformer to players of all ages.