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Two unique characters and a total of 4 islands and 16 levels to explore, Tobe's Vertical Adventure shall bring you back to the 16-bit era.
Release Date: Jul 18, 2011
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$4.99

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“Fantastic Platforming and Cave Diving. Two player? Even better!”
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“Tobe’s Vertical Adventure is a fun little game reminiscent of the old Mario Bros games from the original Nintendo”
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“If you want a thrilling little platformer with waaaay too much cuteness for its own good, start downloading this gem!”
The Indie Game Magazine

About the Game

Tobe's Vertical Adventure is an indie, retro, platformer starring Tobe, the overly devoted gamer who's been forced on a treasure hunt by his materialistic crush, Nana. The big headed duo will travel back and forth in the crumbling caves in search of treasures while rescuing fluffy animals, making you scream kawaii ne~ along the way. With 2 unique characters and a total of 4 islands and 16 levels to explore, Tobe's Vertical Adventure shall bring you back to the 16-bit era.

Key features:

  • Hours of classic platforming action through 16 levels across 4 islands
  • Play as Tobe or Nana, each with a unique storyline and move sets
  • Co-op Mode with a friend, as both Tobe and Nana
  • 16 bit graphical retro goodness
  • Experience the story through cutscenes and unlock the collectable soundtracks and artbook

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor:1.8GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB, Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X9.0c compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
80 products in account
18 reviews
4.0 hrs on record
Dispite the Vertical aspect of the name, there was also a lot of horizontal travel as well. Pretty much a 2-for-1 deal.
Posted: January 13th, 2014
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
209 products in account
19 reviews
0.9 hrs on record
A game in which you adventure up and down, your name is Tobe. Nothing more to say about this game.
Posted: January 12th, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
209 products in account
7 reviews
1.8 hrs on record
This game is a very short and sweet platformer with an emphasis on collecting all the little critters while running through each map in as little time as possible. The music's catchy and really slick, the art and spritework is topnotch and cute, and the game is very much playable and charming. The game also sports a co-op mode where you can get a friend locally to play the game with you. Plus the game has bonus extras for collecting allt he critters and meeting goals set by the game itself.

The only real big downsides to this game is that it is VERY short and often jsut a wee bit buggy with climbing walls and such, often leading to lost time or clipping. However it's a rare occurance and doesn't take too much away from what is a short and very cute game. It definitely comes recommended!
Posted: February 13th, 2014
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
669 products in account
88 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
Tobe's Vertical Adventure is a retro platformer built around modern ideas. As the titular Tobe and his would-be girlfriend Nana, you embark on a quest to loot every island you come across and making off with as much gold as you can carry. A simple plot for a simple game, it sets up Tobe's most interesting feature.

Each level is structured like that of a cave, starting you off at the top and forcing you to make your way down to the treasure somewhere at the bottom. When you finally get your prize, the cave begins to collapse opening new paths and sending you scrambling for the surface before time runs out and you are trapped under the rubble. It's a cool mechanic that I haven't seen other games do, and works well given the somewhat nonlinear level design that lets you choose from several different paths going both downwards and upwards. Being able to run off one side of the screen and pop out the other also allows for more creative traversal, which is the game's strongest asset.

But aside from this much of the game is rather clumsy, especially in terms of controls and movement. Essentially you move as a mix of Sonic 2's underwater levels with the original Prince of Persia's acrobatic hijinks. Tobe can run up walls, slide under gaps, and dangle from hanging branches, whereas Nana swaps the wall climb for a double jump. This sounds great on paper would work fantastically with the open level designs, if only the characters controlled with any consistency. Button presses register only part of the time, your jump is terribly weak which makes scaling walls frustratingly unpredictable, and movement as a whole feels like Sonic plodding through a muddy swamp.

The second problem is the game is alarmingly short. I completed all 16 levels in just over an hour, which for the price feels quite insufficient. Theoretically you could double this time if you plan to play through with both characters, but they play so similarly I don't believe it to be worth doing so.

All the while I was playing I couldn't help but think how much Tobe's Vertical Adventure feels like a flash game awkwardly dressed up as a full game and put up on Steam as if players wouldn't notice. If it wasn't for the terrible controls I could still recommend it at sale prices, but unfortunately they ruined my enjoyment of the game and I wouldn't feel right advising others to purchase it. I'm quite disappointed to have to say it too because the level designs, art and music are not half bad, but a platformer with bad controls is like a sandwich without bread. It just doesn't work.
Posted: January 12th, 2014
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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
185 products in account
42 reviews
0.8 hrs on record
Meh.. Too boring and i consider a a waste of money. This game may be a little similar to games like Super Mario but is more boring. Also the countdown on each level and the controls are awful.

~ 2/10
Posted: December 23rd, 2013
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