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Slated platformer The Other Brothers will gain new control options in update

'We're listening to your feedback'

Product: The Other Brothers | Developer: Tobgame | Publisher: 3D Attack | Genre: Action, Platform, Retro
For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad
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Pixellated platformer The Other Brothers will receive a handful of new control options in a forthcoming update, Simian Squared has told Pocket Gamer.

The game's wonky control system was a primary point of criticism in our recent 5/10 review.

We explained that a "D-pad sits in the corner of the screen, but it's constantly repositioning itself when you lift your thumb up, jumping to wherever you move your digit..."

"In a genre that demands precision, that's just not good enough. You can fall off ladders by moving left or right, and trying to grab hanging chains by tapping up is an exercise in soul-crushing anguish."

The Other Brothers

Giuseppe Landolina, creative director at the London-based Simian Squared studio, told Pocket Gamer that "some [people] really love this control scheme, but it definitely isn't for everybody and we appreciate that."

"We're here listening to your feedback and working to make sure you can enjoy the game in a way that is comfortable for you."

The Other Brothers

The new update - which is coming "soon" - will enable you to fix the D-pad to one spot, and then decide whether it works like an analogue stick or a digital input. You will also be able to scale and move the D-pad.

The Other Brothers's dev team is also considering iCade support for the game.

The Other Brothers was released earlier this week, exclusively on iOS. Android and Ouya gamers will be able to get their hands on it later this year.

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Mark Brown 5 April 2013
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RockinIt | 20:14 - 7 April 2013
I've been playing iOS games now for 4-5 years but platformers are horrible on iOS and Android, probably the one genre of game that is a chore to play on a touchscreen, everything from all of Sega's Sonic games to the supposed "good" platform games like Another World, Lostwinds, the League of Evil series etc are awful. Whatever screen size, be it the old iPhone size, large screens on phones like the S3 (I've played those Snes emulators on an S3, and Mario is unplayable), iPad, the gaming experience is second rate. If you have a Mac/PC, you're better off playing

I think racing games, casual puzzlers, even first person shooters work great on a touchscreen, adventure games like Broken Sword are perfect. Most first person shooters have a similar contol scheme to a PC, where your right hand essentially functions like a mouse for looking around and the left moves the character around, with onscreen buttons to shoot. Platformers are far better with a controller, it's come to the point where I don't buy platform games anymore on iOS but get the equivalent from Steam instead so i can actually have fun playing the thing!
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@Next_LevelT | 10:53 - 7 April 2013
Yeah I rather the control be more like Atmic 2DPlatformer , which is probaly the best platformer on iphone.