The retro, 2D pixel art style in Dandara is a blast from the past and looks like it came straight out of the ’80s, especially with all of the bright, vivid colors. Even though it’s pixelated, everything in the game is incredibly detailed, from shading to textures. Animations are smooth and fluid with no lag on my iPhone 8 Plus. Since the game relies heavily on quick thinking and reflexes, the steady frame rate is necessary. The ambient, atmospheric soundtrack is subtle and adds another layer of depth to the game, and it’s quite enjoyable to listen to. Overall, Long Hat House did an excellent job with the visual and audio design of Dandara, making it a sure keeper.
Since Dandara is a metroidvania style game, that means players progress through a series of connected rooms. These rooms contain plenty of traps, obstacles, and enemies that you’ll have to get past in order to explore and move on to the next room. In the case of Dandara, players will be traversing through one giant world called Salt.
You can download the game for $3.99. It’s for the iPhone and iPad.