I, like most people, am a great fan of beautiful games. When a game is outstandingly gorgeous and offers great gameplay, I feel that it is my civic duty to spread the word as far as I can. It seems that the time has come once again for me to don my bullhorn and tell you about Badland.

Badland is the type of game you don't see very often. The visuals are off-the-charts gorgeous, the audio meshes perfectly with the imagery, and the gameplay is so simple it's ridiculous. I invite you to watch this video of Badlands. You may want to tape your jaw up because it's going to want to drop:

Yeah, I'll take an order of that. For right now, the game is iOS-only, but the Frogmind team says that it's coming to Android soon. All things considered, it should be worth the wait. You can't really blame them, though. They've been busy winning an Apple Design Award and being honored at PAX as one of the top 10 indie games of the year on any platform, among other things, I'm sure. Just in case you missed that video or somehow forgot, graphics like this is how they earned those stripes:

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Frogmind is also promising that Badland will have absolutely no in-app purchases, which is a depressingly rare occurrence on Android as of late. There's no official ETA yet but they are teasing us by offering previews of the Android version at PAX. Hopefully that means a release isn't too far off. To tide you over until then, here's a video of Badland running on a Nexus 7:

We'll keep you posted on the official release of Badland but, for now, these pictures, videos, and the word "soon" will have to do.

Source: Frogmind

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • skitchbeatz

    Looks pretty... but the concept seems confusing

    • robert

      From what I've heard it's hard but I tried it a couple times and it seems fun, now if we could get infinity blade that would be dope but it won't

    • myrna652

      My Uncle Lucas got an almost new white BMW 3 Series Convertible just by parttime work online... webpage w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • robert

    This is cool, I remember looking at apple app store claiming this was one of the top ios exclusive games lol not no more

  • Sean Lumly

    I really like the visual style, and the play mechanics seem very simple and intuitive. This will certainly make it to my wishlist.

  • Cherokee4Life

    It just looks like another Indie game to me..

  • kpjimmy

    Reminds me of Limbo I played on PS3, a great game I came across a few years ago. Hope this is just as great!

  • IrishSid

    Gameplay looks meh.

  • RitishOemraw

    What is the purpose of the game?
    You mentioned simple controls, what are they?

    I agree it looks nice, but it needs substance before I will like it though

    • Clint P

      Did you watch the last video at the bottom of the post? I'm not sure what the purpose is, but the last video has footage of them playing it on an Android tablet.

      • RitishOemraw

        Don't know how I missed it, but yeh, that answers the second question I had.
        Still doesn't look like a fun game though....sure looks nice though

        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          It actually is very fun. I've been hooked onto it since it came out on ios. (was available for free for sometime ;) ). Basically, you tap on the screen make the creature fly; lift finger and the creature drops. You have to guide it through different obstacles. You get 'powerups' on your way to help you or make your task difficult. There are three 'goal' at each level.

          Doesn't sound much fun? But it actually is.

    • picassa

      I read from some ios reviews, control use the same one-touch control as those on Tiny Wings & Jetpack Joyride.

      if that true then I'm quite disappointed, honestly. I was expecting more precise control, sort like guiding-drag touch mechanic.
      one-touch up-down control is kinda lame for this impressive looking game.

      but I"ll reserve my judgement until actual release on android.

  • a reader

    Looks kinda like LocoRoco on the psp

    • picassa

      more like Soul Bubbles on DS actually :)

      • Harjifangki

        In other word, generic platformer.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    So many games and apps that are "Coming Soon" that it's hard to keep track of 'em all.

    It would be nice to be able to subscribe and automatically get notified on release day for each app you heard about weeks/months ago (PvZ 2, etc). There's probably an app for that... but it would be nice to have it built into the Play Store, where the devs could add a placeholder before uploading the actual APK.

    • Michael Ta

      someone give this man a cookie!

      also someone call Sundar Pichai, this would be good!

  • Cody Revels

    The hardest part is that when you get these powerups that make you shrink or grow and sometimes you get stuck in the tunnel because you are too big and sometimes you have to push something out of the way but your too small.
    Also the powerups attract to you so its kinda hard to avoid them.

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      Saving clones is the hardest part. And when some 'powerups' get attracted to the creature, I go - "no powerup, no. I don't want you. Leave me alone". But no dice.

  • hhghg

    FCK for beeing ios First as hipster only....

  • RaviShah

    Love this game on ios

  • Funem

    I have this on iOS, the problem is that whilst the game looks great, sometimes you don't actually feel like you are doing anything and the game is playing itself, sometimes you do something and feel you didn't cause anything to happen or had any influence on the game.... I stopped playing it for these reasons.....

    • wildkarrde21

      I have to agree, it is absolutely gorgeous, but ultimately kind of shallow.

  • Specter597

    I think I'll buy it just to promote games that don't do IAP.