MaXploder is a brand new action exploration platform game from Ninjadoodle, creator of the ClickPLAY! series as well as One Button Bob and One Button Arthur. The president needs your help rescuing some archaeologists who have become trapped in an ancient tomb. The catch is that you have to save them by yourself with only your whip-like wits, a generous jumping ability, and an infinite store of bombs!
Run around the single-screen levels with the [arrow] keys and jump by pressing and holding [up]. You can clear some serious air with Max's leaping ability, so feel free to try hopping some of those wide gaps you aren't sure you'll make. Set bombs with the [spacebar], useful for destroying enemies or blasting away bits of loose rock. Work your way through a dozen or so screens, navigating twisted, interconnected passageways as you attempt to pick up each of the 33 archaeologists. Grab them all, then head back to the president for an important game-winning update!
MaXploder is heavy on exploration, even though the game's world is relatively small. Secret passageways are here and there, marked by indented walls, and you have to solve a few simple puzzles and hit a few switches to open doors that block key corridors. Nothing too complex, and nothing you won't be able to suss out over the course of a 15 minute play session. The game's short length and low difficulty are practically it's only drawbacks, as before you know it, you'll have every archaeologist in tow and be staring at the ending panels.
MaXploder is well-built and engaging to play, despite how brief of an experience it is. Not only does the game have an uppercase letter in the middle of its title, it's also got extremely retro pixel art, explosions, scorpions, and lava. Plus, it's an homage to classic games like H.E.R.O., for those of us seasoned enough to remember that far back. MaXploder is a win no matter how you look at it!