Geometry Dash

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Geometry Dash
Geometry Dash Logo.PNG
Geometry Dash icon
Genre(s)Runner, Music, Platformer
Developer(s)Robert Topala
Publisher(s)RobTop Games
Platform(s)iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows, macOS
Original releaseiOS, Android
13 August 2013
Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
22 December 2014
First releaseGeometry Dash
August 13, 2013
Latest releaseGeometry Dash SubZero
December 21, 2017

Geometry Dash is a series of five video games developed by Sweden-based developer Robert Topala, and published by his own company, RobTop Games.[1] The principal game, Geometry Dash, is a rhythm-based platforming game which currently has 21 official levels and a game creation system with more than 50 million online levels made by players. Each of the official levels features unique background music. Other features include a level editor, "map packs," user-created levels, secret vaults, and a variety of icons and game modes.[1]

Gameplay

The beginning of Electroman Adventures, an insane difficulty official level in the game.

Geometry Dash uses a simple tapping/clicking system to control different vehicles that react when a player presses anywhere on the touchscreen (or: space/up key(s), mouse, or "A" button when using a controller, if playing on the PC version) and can be held down to constantly interact (on some vehicles). Users cannot control the speed at which the icon is moving, the only way to change the vehicle's speed is by touching a speed modifier. The timing and rhythm of the in-game music are key parts of the game, often in relation to each other.

The objective of the game is to complete a level by reaching its end; however, if the player crashes into an obstacle, they will have to start over from the beginning.[2] The majority of the levels in the game are unlocked from the start, with the exception of the three "demon" rated levels in the full version. This allows for the levels to be played in almost any order. Along the way, the player can collect up to three secret coins in each official level, which are scattered in either hidden or challenging areas (or both).[3]

The player character can take up to seven separate forms, which behave differently with each interaction.[2] The form the character takes is changed by seven gamemode "portals", each of which is a different color. The behavior of these modes can be changed further with manipulation portals, which can change the size of the icon, reverse the game view, change the direction of gravity, or create a second player character. There are also arrows that change the speed the player character move. The game also features dash arrows that move the icon on a straight line in-air until the release of the fingers or mouse. All of these features offer a variety of ways to play the game.

If the player completes a level, they will be rewarded with icons or colors on main levels, and "mana orbs," which can be used to purchase character skins, death explosions, and player trails from various shops.

Levels

There are 21 different official levels in the full version of Geometry Dash. These include: Stereo Madness, Back on Track, Polargeist, Dry Out, Base After Base, Can't Let Go, Jumper, Time Machine, Cycles, xStep, Clutterfunk, Theory of Everything, Electroman Adventures, Clubstep, Electrodynamix, Hexagon Force, Blast Processing, Theory of Everything 2, Geometrical Dominator, Deadlocked, and Fingerdash.

Main levels

Geometry Dash features 21 official levels of which 18 are unlocked from the start of this game. Each level grants rewards upon completion.[2] Each official level has 3 secret coins, making a total of 63. These secret coins are used to unlock the 3 locked demon levels: 10 unlock Clubstep, 20 unlock Theory Of Everything 2, and 30 unlock Deadlocked. (Until Update 2.0, Clubstep required 20 coins to unlock, and Theory Of Everything 2 required 30 coins to unlock.)[4]

These levels generally increase in difficulty as the player progresses, with the only exceptions being the demon levels (which are harder than the levels after them) and certain levels near the most recent updates (which may be easier than the ones before them).

Levels are classified by difficulty, from Easy to Demon; as stated before, most levels are harder than those preceding them but some may be more or less difficult.

The stars represent the difficulty and the number of stars the player gets when completing that level. For the official levels, this ranges from one star (the first level) to fifteen stars (the 20th level).

Geometry Dash has a practice mode that can be used for any level which allows the player to restart at manually placed checkpoints instead of the very beginning.[5] These checkpoints are marked by green, diamond-shaped gems. A level cannot be officially completed on practice mode; however, if the end is reached on practice mode then certain icons and achievements can be unlocked.

Geometry Dash Levels
Level Artist Full Lite Meltdown World Subzero Difficulty Star Rating
Stereo Madness Forever Bound Yes Yes No No No Easy 1
Back on Track DJVI Yes Yes No No No Easy[a] 2
Polargeist Step Yes Yes No No No Normal[b] 3
Dry Out DJVI Yes Yes No No No Normal[c] 4
Base After Base DJVI Yes Yes No No No Hard[d] 5
Can't Let Go[e] DJVI Yes Yes No No No Hard[f] 6
Jumper Waterflame Yes Yes No No No Harder[g] 7
Time Machine Waterflame Yes Yes No No No Harder[h] 8
Cycles DJVI Yes Yes No No No Harder[i] 9
xStep DJVI Yes Yes No No No Insane 10
Clutterfunk Waterflame Yes Yes No No No Insane 11
Theory of Everything DJ-Nate Yes Yes No No No Insane 12
Electroman Adventures Waterflame Yes Yes No No No Insane[j] 10
Clubstep DJ-Nate Yes No No No No Demon 14
Electrodynamix DJ-Nate Yes No No No No Insane 12
Hexagon Force Waterflame Yes No No No No Insane 12
Blast Processing Waterflame Yes No No No No Harder 10
Theory of Everything 2 DJ-Nate Yes No No No No Demon 14
Geometrical Dominator Waterflame Yes No No No No Harder 10
Deadlocked F-777 Yes No No No No Demon 15
The Seven Seas F-777 No No Yes No No Easy 1
Viking Arena F-777 No No Yes No No Normal 2
Airborne Robots F-777 No No Yes No No Hard 3
Payload Dex Arson No No No Yes No N/A 2
Beast Mode Dex Arson No No No Yes No N/A 2
Machina Dex Arson No No No Yes No N/A 3
Years Dex Arson No No No Yes No N/A 3
Frontlines Dex Arson No No No Yes No N/A 3
Space Pirates Waterflame No No No Yes No N/A 3
Striker Waterflame No No No Yes No N/A 3
Embers Dex Arson No No No Yes No N/A 3
Round 1 Dex Arson No No No Yes No N/A 3
Monster Dance Off F-777 No No No Yes No N/A 3
The Challenge RobTop[k] Yes No No Yes No N/A 3
Fingerdash MDK Yes No No No No Insane 12
Press Start MDK No No No No Yes Normal 4
Nock Em Bossfight No No No No Yes Hard 6
Power Trip Boom Kitty No No No No Yes Harder 8
  1. ^ Prior to version 1.9, Back on Track was Normal difficulty.
  2. ^ Prior to version 1.9, Polargeist was Hard difficulty.
  3. ^ Prior to version 1.9, Dry Out was Harder difficulty.
  4. ^ Prior to version 1.9, Base After Base was Harder difficulty.
  5. ^ The contraction "Can't" lacks an apostrophe in the game.
  6. ^ Prior to version 1.9, Can't Let Go was Insane difficulty.
  7. ^ Prior to version 1.9, Jumper was Insane difficulty.
  8. ^ Prior to version 1.9, Time Machine was Insane difficulty.
  9. ^ Prior to version 1.9, Cycles was Insane difficulty.
  10. ^ Prior to version 1.7, Electroman Adventures was Harder difficulty.
  11. ^ Released on Newgrounds as "Random Song 06"

Online levels

In addition to the 21 official levels, the game also features online levels. To access these custom, player-made levels, the player must have purchased the full version. The editor is a function that players may use to create their own levels.[6]

The player must complete, or "verify" their own level with all coins in normal mode in order to ensure that it is possible to beat - only then can they publish it to the Geometry Dash community. A level can be verified in separate attempts such as completing a run through in one attempt and then collecting coins in another; however any changes made to the level will make it unverified.[5]

Each user-created level has a unique ID (older levels have a lower ID number), which can be used to play the level without searching its name. As similar to the official levels, user-created levels are classified by difficulty, which is decided by Robert Topala, the creator, by players or "level moderators" who can send a level to Topala to be "rated." This is becoming a subject of much controversy as Topala often is inactive for long periods of time.

Unlike official levels, custom levels cannot be played offline unless they were previously downloaded.[7]

Level types/difficulties

There are 7 difficulties in Geometry Dash that rate how hard the custom/official levels are. They are Auto, Easy, Normal, Hard, Harder, Insane, and Demon. There are five subsets of demon difficulty, being Easy Demon, Medium Demon, Hard Demon, Insane Demon, and Extreme Demon. However, these are only shown on online levels.

With each level, the player gets a number of stars and orbs (the currency of Geometry Dash), depending on the percentage that the player gets on the level.

Achievements

The game features several achievements, which can be unlocked in several ways, such as collecting a certain number of stars, completing demon rated levels, completing official levels, adding friends, liking or disliking online levels, rating custom levels, etc.; plus secret achievements unlocked through undisclosed means.[6]

Achievements can also be unlocked by collecting shards, which can be obtained from daily chests, from demon chests or by completing the respective shard's gauntlet.[7]

By unlocking achievements, the player is rewarded certain icons, colors, or trails. The player can also unlock other customization features, namely a selection of trails behind icons, a secondary color glow around the icon's black border, and death effects.[5]

Secret Vaults

The game features three secret vaults as of the 2.11 update. The first one can be unlocked by getting 10 silver user coins (bronze coins are not approved and therefore do not count), the second by getting 50 diamonds, and the third with an emblem obtainable from the shop hidden the treasure room (in turn obtainable with 500 diamonds).[7]

They display a screen with a text box where you can input codes that can be found from deciphering tricky riddles and unlock secret achievements, which unlock new icons, trails, etc.[7]

There is also a "Treasure Room" in the game, accessed once you have earned 5 keys (which, in turn, are earned per 500 collected orbs). Inside, there are 248 chests, consisting of pages of silver and gold chests, which require 1 and 5 keys each to open, respectively. On the second-to-last page, there are 3 large chests, which can only be opened after you have opened 50, 100, and 200 silver AND gold chests, respectively.

Shops

There are also three shops, in which you can use the orbs you gain in the levels. The first is in the icon select menu and is free to enter, while the second and third are in the Treasure Room and cost diamonds to unlock.

Games

Geometry Dash Lite

In the Lite version, players cannot access certain features that are in the purchased version. For example, players cannot access user-created levels and create their own levels, the main levels only reach Electroman Adventures, you can't play and create online levels, it does not have the daily chests, players cannot create an account, the three shops are not accessible, and players can't access the subfolder of Shards of Power. Also some achievements and customizations of vehicles that cannot be obtained.[4]

Geometry Dash Meltdown

On December 16, 2015, RobTop announced a spin-off game called "Geometry Dash Meltdown", which was released on December 19, 2015 for iOS and Android. Currently (as of update 1.0) it includes 3 levels (featuring the songs of F-777) with new icons from version 2.1 made to showcase the 2.0 features to those who do not own the full version.[8][9]

Geometry Dash World

On December 21, 2016, RobTop announced the newest spin-off game called "Geometry Dash World", saying that he would leave on the same day. Currently (as of update 1.0) includes 2 worlds with 5 levels in each world, new 2.1 icons, a shop, a new vault, daily quests, levels & rewards, and secret chests made to showcase some of the new 2.1 features that were included in the update of the full version.[10][11][12]

Geometry Dash SubZero

On December 12, 2017, RobTop announced the newest spin-off game called "Geometry Dash SubZero", which was released on December 21, 2017. It consists of 3 levels: Press Start, Nock 'Em, and Power Trip.[13][14] It is currently the latest stand-alone game released by RobTop,[15] and is the first to offer some features of update 2.2, including new icons and triggers such as Camera Controls, which are not yet released on the full and original version of Geometry Dash.

Development

According to Robert Topala, the game began as a project that could have moved in any direction. He made the remark, "There was really no detailed plan... it simply started as a template with a cube that could crash and jump".[16] He previously developed it for the computer, but later altered his plan and made attempts to make it a mobile game. Topala was inspired by "The Impossible Game" and he took about four months to create the game and take it to the App Store and Google Play. In the beta version, the game was called "Geometry Jump", but was later changed to "Geometry Dash".

Upon its release, Geometry Dash had just seven levels, which are now currently free to play on the game's free version, alongside six other levels released in later updates in the full version (Time Machine, Cycles, xStep, Clutterfunk, Theory of Everything, and Electroman Adventures). It would soon gain serious popularity around the world, especially Canada, where it achieved the title as the most popular paid iPhone app in June 2014.[17] There are four free versions of the game, one being "Geometry Dash Lite" which currently (as of update 2.2) includes the first 13 levels from the full version.[4]

Soundtrack

The Geometry Dash soundtrack is by several music artists, including ForeverBound, DJVI, Waterflame, DJ-Nate, F-777, Dex Arson, and MDK.[18] In addition to the official songs, usage of most songs on the Newgrounds music portal is also available. Since it is common for users to abuse the portal to upload songs not made by them to use in Geometry Dash, RobTop implemented higher restrictions to prevent this.[19]

Reception

The game has opened to generally positive reviews from critics. Softpedia complimented the game's style and challenge that it brings up, saying, "While it can get a bit frustrating sometimes, you can always complete the stages using the practice mode and then jump into the many different user-generated levels."[20] 148Apps gave the game a positive review, stating, "Geometry Dash provides all of the challenge expected from an “impossible” game while also making it more accessible to newcomers."[21] Geometry Dash has also been listed by the reviewer Chris Morris on the website Common Sense Media by as a child-friendly video game that parent could let their children play on. Saying that the game was a "good way to handle frustration", and that "Families can also talk about rhythm and the joy of dancing in time with music".[22] On the App Store, Geometry Dash was ranked second for the app's Top 10 Paid iPad Games and seventh for Top 10 Paid iPhone Games in the year 2018.[23]

Other editions

For Geometry Dash World, Gamezebo praised the game's captivation and decent gameplay styles, though the reviewer noted that it was not the "most interesting game" in existence.[24] Gerson Noboa from AndroidGuys praised the Geometry Dash spin-off, stating that, "Geometry Dash World is a worthy addition to your game arsenal. Thanks to tightly connected graphical and sound elements, the game provides an awesome, integrated experience that is rarely seen in Play Store games".[25]

References

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  2. ^ a b c "Geometry Dash Review". Softpedia. Andrei Dobra. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Geometry Dash Tips, Tricks and Cheats". gazzettereview.com. 5 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Geometry Dash: Best tips, tricks, and cheats!". imore.com. 7 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Geometry Dash Review". Bio Gamer Girl. E.J. Smith. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  6. ^ a b "The Version 2.0 Update For 'Geometry Dash' Just Hit The App Store". toucharcade.com. 26 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d "Geometry Dash Cheats, Tips, & Tricks Guide 2018". appinformers.com. 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ "'Geometry Dash Meltdown' Trailer Released, Coming December 19th". toucharcade.com. 16 December 2015.
  9. ^ Christiansien, Tom (31 December 2015). "Geometry Dash Meltdown Review: Squarely A Challenge". gamezebo.com.
  10. ^ Noboa, Gerson (1 May 2017). "Geometry Dash World: A short but exquisite musical adventure (Review)". androidguys.com.
  11. ^ "Geometry Dash World expands on the frantic music-runner gameplay of the original". androidpolice.com. 26 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Geometry Dash World Tips, Cheats and Strategies". gamezebo.com. 2 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Geometry Dash SubZero", Pdalife.ru. Review on Android and iOS. (in Russian), 22 December 2017, retrieved 5 January 2018
  14. ^ Aubrey, David. "Geometry Dash SubZero tips and tricks - How to clear "Press Start"". Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  15. ^ "'Geometry Dash SubZero' is the latest stand-alone expansion for RobTop Games' Geometry Dash series". androidpolice.com. 22 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Smart strategies fuel Geometry Dash's slow jog to success". Cult Of Mac. Luke Dormehl. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  17. ^ "'Geometry Dash' top paid iPhone app in Canada". Thestar.com. The Canadian Press. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  18. ^ Geometry Dash, 2013
  19. ^ "Geometry Dash + Newgrounds – RobTop Games". robtopgames.com. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Geometry Dash reviews for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Geometry Dash reviews for iOS". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Geometry Dash App Review". commonsensemedia. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  23. ^ Baptiste Su, Jean (4 December 2018). "Apple Unveils 2018's Most Popular iPhone And iPad Apps: Fortnite, YouTube, Minecraft And More". Forbes. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  24. ^ "geometry Dash World reviews for iOS". Metacritic. 16 January 2017.
  25. ^ Noboa, Gerson (1 May 2017). "Geometry Dash World (Review)". AndroidGuys. Retrieved 22 August 2018.

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