Tuffy the Corgi and the Tower of Bones is out now for PlayStation Mobile, which for most people means you can just play it on your PlayStation Vita. It is a 2D side scrolling platformer which has you take control of Tuffy, a Welsh corgi that jumps from platform to platform collecting bones until he reaches the top of a tower. Tuffy is constantly running, you can make him jump by tapping the right side of your Vita’s screen or any of the buttons on the right side of your Vita. By touching the left side you can make him change direction, he can change direction in mid air but this is the limit of your control over Tuffy. He is very excited so you can’t make him stop running unless he hits a wall.
The game is one level long, this has had people complaining over the cost of the game as it is €5.99 but I guarantee you that you won’t be finishing Tuffy’s one level any time soon and you are sure to get your money’s worth out of it if you can play long enough to complete the game. Contrary to how cute Tuffy looks, this game is not easy. If Tuffy touches a single enemy or spike he dies and its game over, back to the start of the level, there are no continues or checkpoints. The amount of times you have let Tuffy die is recorded and shown to you each time you play, I have died 108 times and I haven’t made it to the top of the tower, even without all 108 bones. Of course the constant dying can get frustrating and after several attempts the cute upbeat music can grate but I’m putting that down to my frustration at myself for not being better at the game, the furthest I have gotten is on my 85th life. Its great discovering how you can climb the tower in a variety of ways and that certain parts that at one point were giving you trouble you can now zip through as your skills improve and you race towards the next part of the tower that is currently causing you problems.
Looking online one player has managed to complete the game with all 108 bones in under sixteen minutes. The game was developed by Action Button Entertainment and the director Tim Rogers has encouraged players that manage this feat to take a screenshot on their Vita and send it to him on Twitter, his username is @108.
Action Button Entertainment have previously released Ziggurat for mobile devices and Ten By Eight for the PlayStation Vita. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with for their next PlayStation Vita game.
Check out their advertisement for Tuffy the Corgi and the Tower of Bones below, this alone was all it took to convince me to buy the game.