Those of us born in the 1980s and early 1990s would be familiar with the classic Super Mario, made popular by the Nintendo Game Boy.
Fast forward to the current smartphone generation — where old consoles such as the Nintendo Game Boy are getting phased out — and it’s hard to come by these kinds of classic games anymore. If, like me, you’re reminiscing the good old times of slouching at your sofa and playing Super Mario through the night, here’s a quick fix for you: Lep’s World, available for download on both iOS and Android.
Lep’s World Game Play
Similar to Super Mario, Lep’s World stars a main character (Lep) which you control via your smartphone’s touchscreen. The left toggle moves Lep backwards, while the right toggle moves Lep onwards. There’s of course the up toggle, which lets you jump onto ledges, earn points, kill monsters and ultimately, find your trove of lost treasure.
In the game, Lep the leprechaun has lost his gold, and your job is to help him run and jump through the fantastical realms of Lep’s World, which are full of “beastly monsters” doing everything they can to stop Lep. If you collect a cloverleaf, Lep’s health grows.
Here are some screenshots that were taken while I played the game:
Playing Lep’s World feels kinda weird at first, but I got the hang of it soon enough, and found myself whizzing through the consecutive levels. Each of these levels introduced me to clever designs and new items — which could not be implemented in the original Super Mario — because of the platform limitation.
Once you get used to the game’s controls, you’ll soon realize that Lep’s World has quite the balanced game design: it’s not easy to get past each level, but neither are the levels so hard as to cause frustration amongst gamers.
Lep’s World features 8 well-designed levels, 5 different world themes, with a total of 9 different enemies to take down. If that is not enough for you, Lep’s World actually released Lep’s World 2 and Lep’s World 3, showing that fans have been actively involved and are playing the new versions of the mobile app!
So there you have it — if you’re missing Super Mario and are stuck with your smartphone, Lep’s World will not disappoint. According to its app page’s description, there have been almost 100 million downloads so far, and that is a lot of gamers!