Canyon Capers is a retro style platform game brought right up to date, with tons of levels, modes, collectables and secrets.
User reviews: Mixed (872 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 25, 2014
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July 5

1.0.2 update with added content.

CanyonCapers / Rio Fever has switched to 1.0.2

With this we're pleased to have released an extra 10 levels for the RIO FEVER DLC, to celebrate the last 8 of the world cup.

Within that update there is also some new things you have to do to complete the levels, such as hitting moving targets.

In the general scope, CanyonCapers, has had a few extra things fixed/added.

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June 16

Major Update Arrives for Canyon Capers

We have just released a major update for Canyon Capers. Version 1.0.1 includes loads of new features, 4 new languages, and several fixes.

New Features:

  • New jump mechanic.
  • Short TAP to little jump,
  • HOLD for a full length jump
  • More energy is applied during jump to get a little more forward momentum in the early stages of a jump
  • All new options menu.
  • All new Helix Rocket Jump pads.
  • Bonus screen now shows % amounts, for what can be earned in the levels
  • Bonus screen now tracks how many secret mollusks can be found / have been found
  • Full mouse support added to the front end, and all interim screens
  • Windowed mode, achievable either from Options screen, or by pressing ALT+Enter
  • Friends ranking now on High Score Table.
  • General pace improved a little
  • Controller connected listed in the options menu
  • Game Modes and DLC now accessible from options menu
  • Each game pack/DLC has its own backdrop on the front end
  • Options state recovery between sessions
  • Russian language support
  • Swedish language support
  • Finnish language support
  • Korean language support
  • Issues with french language now resolved
  • Pixel Smoothing option now added to options menu.

Bugs and General Tuning:
  • Amount of stars needed to progress the worlds lowered
  • Steam enabled builds now do not cycle if keys or joypad is pressed until no more movement presses are detected
  • Spring behaviour now more predictable
  • STEAM leaderboard 'where am i ranking' issue now resolved
  • Additional font support for other languages on high score table
  • Language switch now happens at the right time
  • Front end tool tips.
  • Ticket to Ride achievement now registering ride time correctly.

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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
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 3
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 26
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
For a platformer, the platforming is the weakest aspect of the game. Controls are not tight enough to land some of the precise jumps needed for many of the levels. Characters are way too "floaty" on their jump arcs making it a frustrating experience traversing the levels.
Posted: October 6
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record

I would be negative, but I liked the effort.

Dear developers: Sorry for being so strict on you, but I am a retro platformer fan.
I hope you will make something better if you make some money with this one.
I would be negative, but it seems you tried hard to make it. Just read what people say about it and make your next game better. Nobody makes the perfect game on the first try (I hope this is your first game, it seems like it).

Canyon Capers...
I love retro platform games.
I grew up with Superfrog, Baby Jo in going Home, Ruff n Tumble, Turrican series, Rick Dangerous series, James Pond series, Doodle bug, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario, Leander, and many more good stuff. Back then platformers were shining in 16 bit systems big time.

So what about now?
What is Canyon Capers?

It's a platform game that looks pretty but has a lot of flaws in my opinion.
It is the kind of games that you can spare one Euro but not more than that.
I got it on a massive giveaway for free, so I am not angry about any of the flaws.
I can recommend it IF you really enjoy tricky platformers but first, we will talk about the flaws so you can have a good idea of what you have to expect:

1] The sprites are pretty but the movement is just some rotation instead of a good animation. They lost a good opportunity to make it shine. As it is, it seems unpolished.

2] The graphics of the second world seems that they don't fit together with the cartoon like sprites. What were they thinking? Good pseudo 3D graphics of an "Egyptian temple decoration" theme, merged with less sophisticated cartoonish sprites? Seriously? :P
Second thing that makes it look indie and unpolished. But it still manage to look pretty.

3] 1 and 2 I can forgive them anytime if the gaming experience is good. But it's the kind of platformers that have knockback on hit. A jump will be interrupted and you will fall by colission monsters. And all that from the forst world that is a good tutorial through the levels. It isn't even casual game since it has a timer. If you fail some times to jump right, or stealth your @ss, you will end up losing on time loss. Sometimes you don't have time to wait for moving platforms or stealth timing when you have a few failures. At least there is a good thing. Infinite lives. But a level starts with a spawning point on hazard of instant death so infinite lives saved the game really, because this seems like a design flaw!

4] Music is nice. I can give them that. Not the best music ever, not the most variety there, I would prefer music according to the level theme. But it has the job done.

5] It has no inovvation really. It feels like a classic platformer. That's ok, but it could do better.

6] Finally, Steam achievements make it fun to play. Well placed ones. But still the game is far from perfect.

Bottomline, I recommend it, but only on a huge discount.

Posted: October 5
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Ratings: 7.2/10
It's not a bad game... but it needs more. I see the potential in this game. Hopefully, it'll be better in the future. Okay graphics, gameplay, and music background. The game gets boring easily time to time as a platformer game. Many people will suggest not getting this game nor bother playing with it, because it gets very boring. I kinda agree, but yet it's not worth playing for fun, but it can pass the time by and learn new things when playing the game.
Posted: October 7
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Great Game!

I like how you do flips everytime you jump

Posted: September 29
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
If you Like Dungeon crawlers and squishing things Mario Bros style then this game is for you with many characters to unlock and a tresure chest full of levels it is worthy of purchasing.
Posted: October 18
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Nice game :D
Posted: October 18
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
This is a real eye-opener game. Unique design concept deep heart and it made ​​a very good detail. Plot is entirely inferior to Hollywood blockbusters. Role model is very fine, making good interface. So what? You worth trying to play!

Posted: October 4
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
omg its awesome!
Posted: October 14
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
It's an OK game, judging by the fact that I've played it for free.
Posted: October 13
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record

Pretty cheap platformer.

Horrible level design and projectiles. Imagine fireballs with a RANDOM TRAJECTORY coming from lava pools.
Posted: October 5
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Canyon Capers is a mediocre platform game that when up against some of its older competitors (Braid, Super meat boy, Platformies, Terraria) it’s just not up to cutting the mustard. It’s useful for scratching that retro itch if you’re not willing to go the whole nine yards to set up the old Nintendo or Sega or if you want to introduce the younger members of the family to what life was like before the 3D and mobile era. Anyone who is old enough to have played on the older consoles or has a real interest in Indie platformer’s will get bored very fast but if this is you dipping your toe into the genre then it’s a good place to start.

Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Nice game
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Plays like the orginal nintedo games. Fun game for free.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
It feel like playing old school mario game with enhanced graphic + gameplay.
Another time wasting game.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Canyon Capers, mechanics are solid and well designed but perhaps a bit too simple and locked into the history of its name. That said, underneath its unimpressive exterior is a decent platformer that offers up a reasonably meaty experience and no doubt a nostalgia trip for players who grew up on DOS and Amiga games.

My Rating 3/5
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Good Game
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
משחק זריזות
Posted: October 5
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