An Introduction to Dan The Man
Halbrick Studios, the geniuses behind previous smash hits as “Fruit Ninja” & “Jetpack Joyride” are back with another blockbuster, Dan The Man!
Going back to the retro roots of original 80’s style ‘Mario’, this side scrolling platform based arcade game is highly addictive and great fun for beginner gamers and hardcore tech-heads alike!
Dan The Man : Gameplay
With three different types of gameplay available, ‘Story’, Endless Survival’ and ‘Battle’ mode “Dan The Man” offers something for everyone!
Players adopt the role of the protagonist Dan, who strives to be the man who saves the day protecting the village and rescuing the girl! Fighting through stage after stage of fast paced action, brawling, leaping and running Dan The Man tests player’s reaction times, reflexes and skill as they must use various weapons and combo moves to defeat common enemies and bosses alike!
Controls are set out like a classic NES controller with left and right movement on the left and jump, attack & special attack on the right. Above the movement controls is the weapons select (with available ammunition displayed) which players can toggle through to find the best choice for each situation. Tap speed and duration also plays a part in how the avatar moves and fights throughout the game so be sure to experiment to find your own perfect groove.
Scrolling through the game and through defeating enemies, players will clear checkpoints and find ‘ye oldde shoppe’s which can provide ammunitions, new weapons and health. So if running out of time, be sure to clear a checkpoint before logging out!
Features of Dan The Man
– Bone-crunching boss fights. These robo monsters will hit you right in the gearbox!
– Powerful weapons and upgradeable attacks. Bring the sonic boom!
– Create custom characters or play as Dan, super girl Josie and Barry Steakfries (IAP)
– Test your skills in Battle Mode. Pow!
– Daily events with super rewards
– Secret areas brimming with treasure
– Pinpoint controls with support for gamepads. Just like playing Nintendo on your phone!
Play the story. Save the day. Be Legendary!
Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Dan The Man
- Combine Combos!
While a good ol’ fashioned toe to toe punch ‘em up can be fun, it is far better to use a variety of attacks to efficiently wipe out your enemies. By jumping and attacking midair special moves can be performed as does holding down the attack button for added damage along with getting in close so as to grab an assailant and then spin to throw them off an edge, into water or spikes or best yet, into other attackers. If swarmed beyond control, then again leap to a safe distance and open fire on long range gunfire, shurikens (ninja stars) and throwing knives etc.
- Attack Atlas!
From time to time a statue holding a TV will appear and upon attacking said statue a short video will launch which after watching, some great items and power-ups can be obtained. Though this may be boring for the brief thirty seconds, as with most freemium games, it is worth the wait to play for free rather than spend real life money.
- Scout Around!
Often the in game direction will force players in a pre-determined direction yet due to the very useful back-scrolling feature players can look around and find otherwise inaccessible secret items and power-ups, so be sure to take the time to scout up down and around for hidden secret areas and hidden treasures.
- Up the Upgrades!
Upgrading weapons and skills is the fastest way to efficiently progress through Dan The Man. If upgrade costs are too high, then watch a short video to earn an extra 200 coins, which as tedious as it is, if done over time can make sure that Dan truly is THE Man! (Or woman if you’re playing Josie) Whilst of course each player has their own technique and style that determine which upgrade they focus most attention upon, upgrading the ‘combo’ and ‘sucker punch’ are coins well spent!
- Break Out The Moves!
As players progress through the rounds, the strength and amount of attackers increases incrementally as they begin to swarm all over Dan (or Josie), so in times like those, the best attack is to move about and try to attack from behind as many opponents will be carrying shields and sticks etc.
- Be the Hulk!
As the green giant loves do, imitate him and SMASH anything and everything possible! By punching jugs, jars, chests, barrels players can earn coins and items that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Furthermore, by jumping and punching at random places (often near or under trees) secret unlabeled pocket stashes can be reveled and gained. So basically, in summary keep moving and keep swinging those haymakers!
Personal Impressions of Dan The Man
Dan The Man truly is a game that decisively went back to basics to start over … and the results are golden! With heavily pixilated animation a warm nostalgia quickly sweeps over players as they effortlessly fall deep into the game. Thus at its essential core, Dan The Man is – Super easy & super fun!
The life meter of Dan (or Josie) is just the right amount where players can’t take the game too lightly but also aren’t punished by instant death by falling into water or into spikes etc.
With each level being somewhat longer than most arcade games, the checkpoint function soon proves to be a very helpful function. This thoughtfulness and depth of design can be seen throughout the game and is actually its biggest drawcard.
The random secret treasures that can be gained by simply exploring through trial and error, further adds to the old school feel that brings back memories of classics like ‘Wolfenstein’ etc.
With very little going against it (besides the obvious in-game advertisements), for a free game “Dan The Man” is another title that is well worth picking up if only for a few hours. … Yet be warned, for if you do pick it up, a few hours may turn out to be a lot, lot more!
Four stars out of five.
App Specifics for Dan The Man
1.0.6 (iOS) (Last Update Oct 05 2016) (as at the time of writing)
1.0.6 (Android) (Last Update Oct 04 2016) (as at the time of writing)
99.7 MB (iOS)
53 MB (Android)
7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
4.0.3 or above.
Rated for 12+
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese.
$2.99 ～ $59.99
Download Dan The Man
App Store : iOS
Google Play : Android
Do you agree with our review of Dan The Man? We would love to hear your thoughts on whether you love or hate this game in the comments section below along with any other requests for games that you would like to see reviewed! And as always, ‘happy gaming’!