About The Game
Help Job the Leprechaun to rescue his friend Eri in this retro-style platformer game.
Collect the clovers in each stage and find the door to proceed through 35 levels filled with puzzles and monsters. Use your Magic Hat to fight hordes of goblins, zombies, caterpillars and anything that tries to stop you. Luckily, you are not alone in this adventure; a cow and an elf will use their abilities to help you.
The first time I heard of a platform game by the name of Job the Leprechaun I assumed it would be on some sort of quest to reach its pot of gold stereo typical perhaps but that’s never really stopped a game developer before.
There are a few pots of gold to be found in the game here and there and they offer a brief time of invincibility but it’s not the aim of the game.
Job (that’s the Leprechaun’s name) has to rescue his friend from an evil witch who has kidnapped her.
The game is aimed at younger or less experienced gamers rather than those of us who could quite literally play platform games for a living given the chance.
Its visuals are basic pixels of old and the game only includes a total of 35 levels.
The difficulty for the most part doesn’t really increase above moderate but to younger gamers just starting out moderate seems reasonable.
I certainly don’t begrudge my video game learning curve of the 80’s and the constant death and failure in games that came with it much of which I believe made me an all round better player but times are changing and while there are some well known super hard games out there on overall scale games are far easier than they’ve ever been.
There are a few sign posts with little hints or guides on them
Each level contains a number of clover leafs that must be collected before a magic door will appear for you to advance to the next level.
Most of the clovers are in plain sight and easy to spot but every now again you’ll find one hidden in a tree.
Extra hats (lives) and pots of gold (invincibility) are also occasionally hidden in the trees as well so players will want to give them all a quick tap on the way past just in case.
There are also a couple of interactive powers dotted throughout some of the levels too.
A rock that you give a quick tap with your hat to send it rolling destroying enemies and breakable walls.
And a walking flower that shoots out bullets (seeds?) when hit with your ever useful presumably magical hat, they can’t destroy breakable walls but it will pick up any clovers or destroy any enemy in its path and they can travel the full length of the screen making them a most helpful on certain levels.
When you don’t have a rock or flower handy you’ll have to deal with the enemies with your trusty hat.
Simply get close to them or wait for them to come towards you and hit attack to destroy them.
This works for all enemy types but some (skeleton knights) will need 2 hits (one to remove the armour and another for the kill.
A few of the enemies also shoot fire at you these can still be killed in the normal way by striking them with your hat or by striking the fire ball with your hat sending it right back at them for the kill.
Shoot fire balls back at the enemy with the tip of a hat.
The only real issue with the game other than the difficulty & length for more experienced gamers is the controls can be a little loose or at times.
For the most part the movement is fine but there are the odd occasions especially jumping up on ladders where Job seems to just slide right back off again, likewise on the odd moving platform.
It seems to be more of an issue after jumping onto a ladder or platform and for me it was more of an annoyance than a real issue but for the less experienced it could cause the occasional frustration in particular with younger players.
A little minor frustration or annoyance aside the younger gamers get a basic introduction to platform gaming without complicated controls.
More experienced gamers get 35 platforming levels that will be over within an hour or so.
It might still appeal given its low price point but that’s one I’ll be leaving up to you.
Moving platforms and more so ladders can occasionally feel a little slippery.
A decent introduction to platform games for the younger generation.
In the bonus stage you can play as a cow to pick up extra lives
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Controls can be a little bit loose at times.
Over too quickly for experienced gamers.
Continues are included for those that struggle a little (or reviewers that try to play too quickly)
A lot of gamers are quick to judge and then dismiss the games aimed more towards the younger or less experienced gaming spectrum.
It’s often at times a harsh view but one that to an extent is understandable, most of the more child orientated games have less graphical power, poorer designs and often fractions of the budget.
A lot of developers perhaps secretly at least think this is for kids they don’t care if it’s not the best looking game in the world and to an extent they are right most kids won’t.
However I won’t defend games that look terrible just because they are aimed at kids .
Job the Leprechaun is basic looking but it’s basic in a reasonable way.
Every level is clear enough to see where you have to go and what to do.
The levels are largely laid out so the player will follow a direct route from beginning to end with only the odd diversion.
I’ve put thousands of hours into hundreds of platform games during my life some looked better and a lot played better or gave me a bigger challenge.
But at the same time I’ve played plenty that looked worse, played worse and were even easier than this.
Given the budget price of the game it’s not only harsh but quite unfair to criticise it on looks or game length alone.
For the right players this will be a good introduction into platform gaming and those players will feel just as happy and proud of beating the game as I did beating much harder challenges back in my initiation.
They can move onto more difficult and challenging experiences at a later date.
We’ll be covering a lot of games that aren’t targeted towards younger gamers on this site but a lot of the people who want to read more about those games will have kids of their own and when those kids are ready to get into gaming there are much worse places to start.
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A review copy of the game was provided by Herrero Games and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.