Canyon Capers is a retro style platform game brought right up to date, with tons of levels, modes, collectables and secrets.
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Mixed (1,665 reviews) - 43% of the 1,665 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 25, 2014

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“Canyon Capers is a real blast from the past, and especially in the memories for longtime players.”

About This Game

Do you have fond memories of playing old style platform games, where you didn't have to learn a hundred button combos to play it successfully? Canyon Capers is just for you if that's the case.

Canyon Capers is a retro style arcade platform game for all ages, created by the authors of the 1992 original.

Starring DinoJr and his many friends as they venture through the canyons and caverns of ancient ruins in historical locations, to reach the ultimate goal, retrieval of the Golden Mollusk, source of all universal power and a mighty fine trophy at that.

With a finely tuned difficulty curve, from nice and easy, all the way to rock hard, just like old school platforming used to be. Canyon Capers will make you rely on your wits, your memory and at times, seat of the pants twitch gaming.

  • Simple to play, hard to master classic retro platform gaming
  • Full steam support... achievements, stats, leaderboards, and cloud support
  • Trading cards, emotes, backgrounds and badges to earn
  • 50 levels each with 3 levels of completion, each with many ways to complete... find your best path to fame and riches
  • Race to the end, collect all the items and unlock the unique bomb levels
  • Unlock new characters, each with their own unique abilities as you complete canyons and worlds
  • Tongue in cheek nods to your favorite classic retro games
  • Tons of secrets and collectibles

System Requirements

    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.4GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics Card made within the last 4 years (Pixel Shader 3.0, Vertex Shader 3.0)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
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153 of 164 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Это крайне специфический платформер, который берет не так каким-то хардкором, кроме как удержаться, чтобы не надорваться от смеха, как стилем и его подачей. Во-вторых, меня очень заинтересовали оценки некоторых критиков (вплоть до 9ки, при этом пальцев вверх у них больше, чем у обзоров по Биошоку, например), что должно о многом говорить… Однако, как по мне, Canyon Capers это та игра, которая пусть и местами интересна в дизайне некоторых уровней, в каких-то моментах прохождения она даже кажется сложной, но это упитанное существо как-то не вписывается в общую картину что ли (в оригинале он был чуть другим)… Пока Вы не разблокируете какой-то костюм, то вид этого бегающего недоразумения сначала будет вызывать у Вас улыбку и смех, а спустя опр. время ваш мозг захочет разнообразия, если к тому времени Вы ее не пройдете…

Кто его знает, возможно, я это я один такой переборчивый и Canyon Capers заслуживает максимальных оценок, учитывая, что мне до сих пор нравится иногда поиграть в тех же Чип и Дейл или дракончика Спайро перепройти… Для 1992 года она подходит отлично, но сейчас мало кто на нее посмотрит, хотя все равно более чем пару часов Вы в ней не проведете! Проходится быстро, легко и даже оставляет некий осадок, но реиграбельность не гарантируется…
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67 of 75 people (89%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Canyon Capers is an item-collection platformer with timed stages that casts you as brain-damaged Cabbage Patch kids who have yet to learn the coordination and balance required to walk, much less platform. Your job is to teach them to not weeble, wobble and fall the ♥♥♥♥ down while suffering knockback from everything in the game. Good luck with that.
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135 of 182 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2014
Canyon Capers hearkens back to a time when platformers based on item collection were as common as puzzle platformers are today. That makes it difficult for me to recommend, because almost every time I try playing one of those old platformers again, I quickly lose interest. It's not that I'm against item collection by default. It's just that the act of collecting items needs to remain fun and varied throughout the game in order for me to enjoy it. In my opinion, very few item collection games successfully accomplish that. They usually become bogged down in tedium and make me feel like I'm just going through the motions.

The goal of each level is to collect whatever the game tells you to, such as gems, coins, treasure chests, or food. Doing so will unlock an exit portal, which you then have to find and enter before time runs out. Along the way you'll have to dodge enemies and various environmental hazards. The levels are usually open-ended and you can choose which area to clear first. As you finish levels, you can also unlock different characters with special abilites, such as magnetically attracting certain items, or having immunity to certain hazards.

The main problem I have is that it just feels like a chore to get anything done. Your jump height is low, so there are plenty of spots where you have to jump up multiple platforms stacked on top of each other, which feels awfully monotonous. Your movement speed is slow, so if you have to backtrack through an area you've already cleared, or loop around, it can take a while. Collecting items usually doesn't involve any creativity on your part; mostly you're just jumping from platform to platform a lot. Level mechanics don't evolve that much either, from what I've seen (about half of the game as of this writing). The game adds things like moving platforms and springs, but I never felt like there was enough to make individual levels stand out from each other. Level distinction is something I value very highly in platformers, and I don't see enough here, personally.

Also, this game can't decide whether it wants to be easy or hard. You can get hit multiple times by enemies before running out of health, and once you do, the game just respawns you somewhere nearby. In addition, you're invincible for a couple of seconds every time you're hit. So, there's little incentive to pay any attention to danger. On the other hand, each level has a fairly strict time limit, and if you run out of time, you have to start over from the beginning. On top of that, both health and time factor into your rating upon finishing a level, and if you get too many low ratings, you won't unlock the next world. What does this game want me to do? If I carefully dodge obstacles, I could run out of time; if I rush through everything, I could get hit plenty of times and get a low health rating. What usually ends up happening, especially in later levels, is that I have to replay stages to get higher ratings. That's a lot of item collecting- much more than I have the patience for.

Finally, I don't like the menu interface. You can't use the mouse. The main menu constantly gets swapped with a high score table even while you're navigating it. There are buttons with pictures instead of text, and it's not obvious what all of them do at first.

If you loved the original game this one is based on, or if you're more fond of item collection games than I am, you might enjoy this. For everyone else, I can't recommend it.
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97 of 127 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
Canyon Crapers is better term for that
Nice fart sound of dying dinos
That stuff make me laugh
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53 of 65 people (82%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Reasons I hate the game:
1. The visuals.
2. The music.
3. The sound effects.
4. The gameplay.
5. The fact that this got onto steam.
6. The fact that I own this game.
Thank Melvin Steamroller I didn't buy this, and only got it as part of a bundle.
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51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Terrible game,im glad that i got it for free,because its not even worth few cents.
Good things: It has card and achievements.
Bad things: terrible controls,music is annoying,cant even listen it for 10 minutes.
In my opinion its 2/10
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
I have no clever way to start off this review. No witty wordplay or abstract analogy to somehow tie back in with the game I'm discussing, no recount of the developers history, and no commentary on how it fits in with the evolution of video games as a medium. That's because Canyon Capers allows absolutely no creative thought to entire or leave your head while you slog your way through it's glaring mediocrity, as silent pleas for it to end fill every crevice of your mind.

That likely sounds a little harsh, but Canyon Capers really doesn't give you much to work with in attempts to find fun in its hollow core. It's a floaty platformer collectathon, which unsuccessfully attempts to instill variety by swapping out the object you're hunting as you spin jump your way through nondescript, annoying designed levels as a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ized Cabbage Patch Kid. Controlling it is a chore, and levels are designed in such a way as to require you to go through long periods of backtracking with every minor mistake you make. It's monotonous, tedious, and so painfully amateur in every single aspect of its design that it would almost look out of place at a 24 hour game jam.

I could likely go into greater detail on each and every aspect of one of Canyon Capers laundry list of flaws, but the thought of spending more time writing about it is almost as unappealing as playing it again, so I'm going to cut my short and assume I've spewed enough vitriol to get my point across. I couldn't recommend spending your time with this game if it was free in a browser, and I really can't see anyone coming away satisfied having actually paid money for it.
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53 of 73 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
"Just not worth your time."
CanyonCapers tries to be a classic 2D jump'n'run and succeeds by doing that... BUT this game just doesn't feel right in 2014 on PC & I give retro games usually good scores. Although it might be an okay mobile game for along the way, or for children up to the age of 6.

+ good controls (slow, old school feeling)
+ okay ost
+ okay gameplay
+ trading cards

- no atmosphere
- boring
- doesn't make fun
- collecting jewels&chests
- simply not contemporary
- not worth your precious gaming time

Just get Commander KEEN (for the retro lovers), or Spelunky (for the modern lovers) & definately pass on this one.
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45 of 65 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
As a platformer this game leaves a lot to be desired. The controls are somewhat sloppy, the level design is uninspired, and there is no goal other than collect X objects and exit the level.

On the plus side the music and visuals are decent.

This game feels like a quick port of a mediocre mobile game. I was suckered in by its charming retro asthetics but was bored after only 3 levels. Not worth a purchase in my opinion, even if it is on sale.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
I got this game as part of a free giveway from Indiegala, so in that perspective there wasn't much to lose here. But even still it's hard to believe that this game made it past 'Greenlight'. It's practically a poor man's flash game platformer, similar to the really bad titles you would see on the Xbox Live Indie Marketplace (not saying all of them are bad, but a fair chunk of them are).

First off, the graphics look cheap, and I mean REALLY cheap. I'm just not a fan of the overly pixelated style graphics in general, but this makes that style look like a masterpiece in comparison. The backgrounds also have barely any life to them, with maybe one or two blinking eyes in a dark area or what-not and that's about it (At least that's how far I made it into the game, but I'll get to that part soon).

The sound effects are inappropriately used, whenever you jump on an enemy, a 'farting' noise is made. This sound is used over and over again and you'll soon be wanting to get through the game without going anywhere near the enemies at all. And that's another thing, getting actually 'hit' by the enemies does take your life away, but even when you die it doesn't matter. You just respawn in EXACTLY the same place you were before. So the illusion of 'game over' is completely gone.

There's also a time limit in each level, so you have to get the set amount of items and get to the exit portal before it runs out. Nuff' said.

Overall, this game is a heck of a chore to get through, and if you must try it out, go to Indiegala and get it for free. Even paying for this game at a 75% discount is not worth it.

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0.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
This is trash even for mobile standards which this game clearly spawned from
dreadful music mixed with bad sound effects, horrible controls, & mediocre gameplay of collecting items makes this game an absolute dread
Dont buy
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 13
This game is just bad in so many ways... I have never played such horrible plataform game. It's not worth the money.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game. Nothing fun here for me.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
Extremely casual game, which isn't necessarilly a bed thing, but it's not for me.

The fact that the controls are a little floaty and the animation is pretty bad, means I don't recommend playing this game, even if you are just looking for casual fun, there are hundreds of better casual games out there that are worth your time more than this.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
Product received for free
God is dead. That's why this game exists
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Oscarjames | PRIVATE BUYER
1.9 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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6.7 hrs
Posted: September 19
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Mongoloid Mike
1.7 hrs
Posted: September 4
Complete junk
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7XL Feraligatr guy
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
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Na`Vi.Игорь Калмоча
16.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
Product received for free
Very low effort crap, which is good only if you got it for free and sold cards.
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