Leo's Fortune Review

Richard Walker

Leo's Fortune is the latest in a long line of physics-based indie platformers, but this one features a little moustachioed furball named Leopold, whose journey begins when his vast fortune of gold is pilfered. You'll bounce, slide and float across 20 lovingly handcrafted levels (and four bonus ones), closing in on Leo's lost gold across five acts.

The story sees Leo pursuing several different family members, all of whom are the object of suspicion for various reasons. From chasing Cousin Victor to Aunt Olga and Uncle Sergej, you'll ride steam trains, traverse gigantic rusting gears and mechanisms, avoid booby traps, manipulate switches and leap pits of spikes, defying death along the way.

Each level introduces its own challenges and distinct environment to carefully navigate, serving up rickety rope bridges to cross, precarious teetering ledges to brave, and Sonic the Hedgehog-esque curved platforms to loop your way around, maintaining momentum by inflating little Leo so he can float like a hairy balloon or squashing him to thrust his weight downwards.

You'll dive into water, sink like a stone and leap out like a salmon, hitch a ride on minecarts and sleighs, or float on the wind in sections not unlike some of Rayman Origins' stages. And like Rayman, Leo's Fortune has bags of charm, its handcrafted levels possessing some truly gorgeous art that lends the game a tangible quality that you almost feel like you could touch.

Each level you face not only tasks you with simply making your way through; you'll also earn three gold stars upon completion should you successfully collect every one of Leo's gold coins scattered throughout, avoiding accruing any fatalities, and for beating the level's target time. It's unlikely you'll achieve these objectives first time around, so you'll need to go back through each level to attain the target time and complete each without dying.

This is, of course, no tall order, but doing so will bag you some hard-earned achievements. It's a difficult list that requires a great deal of patience, especially if you intend to nab every gold star across all 20 levels and every secret gold cog hidden away in certain stages. Then, once you've completed the game, you'll unlock hardcore mode, tasking you with going through the entire game with a single life. You'll need cajones of steel for that one.

Meanwhile, bonus levels A,B, C and D are unlocked upon acquiring a set number of gold stars, and these in themselves are hard as nails, pitting you against an incredibly tight clock. Again, there are achievements in it for you if you can attain the set target, but don't expect an easy ride.

The same goes for Leo's Fortune in general. What starts as a fairly simple puzzle platformer soon begins to escalate in difficulty, gradually throwing in more and more complicated physics puzzles and skin-of-your-teeth jumps past whirring sawblades and swinging spikes. By the end you'll have been squashed and impaled numerous times, slowly learning from your mistakes.

An enormously endearing game, Leo's Fortune is short but remarkably sweet. For the price, there's more than ample platform jumping and puzzling for your buck, with a bit of replay value on offer should you fancy trying your hand at every gold star and the aptly-named hardcore mode. Leo's Fortune is pure indie gold, with a nice little message at its heart too. It's nice.

Leo's Fortune

1337 & Senri's game is a great indie platformer that's a bit on the short side, but for $7, it's a steal. Challenging and enjoyable while it lasts, Leo's Fortune is well worth a punt. It's the best game starring a furry green testicle with a moustache that you're ever likely to play.

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75%
Audio
80%

Wonderful music and quirky voice acting make for a pleasing, inviting soundtrack.

Visuals
85%

Gorgeous, handcrafted levels that take in a variety of vistas. Leo's Fortune is lovely to look at.

Playability
80%

Frustrating at times, for the most part Leo's Fortune is a satisfying platforming experience.

Delivery
70%

Twenty levels that can be completed in a matter of minutes, there's nonetheless a nice bit of replay value in here, if you fancy a second playthrough.

Achievements
70%

An achievement list focused primarily on collection and completion, this covers all of the right bases, but isn't particularly remarkable. Also, good luck getting that hardcore achievement. You're going to need it.

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