If you’re on the prowl for a quick download that mixes action and puzzle
elements, then give Diamond Hunter a try.
When you first load Diamond Hunter, it resembles a side-scrolling platform
game. You’ve got the lead character, after whom this offering is named,
climbing ladders, riding elevators and pushing crates in an effort to
collect all of the green gems scattered across the levels.
That wouldn’t be much fun without challenges to overcome, so monsters are
spread across the maps, too. If Diamond Hunter touches one of them, he dies.
Luckily, blue gems that power-up the hero and allow him to take out a single
creature are available. He can also shove a crate off a ledge to kill an
enemy below him or eliminate two fiends at once by clearing the obstacles
between them and causing them to collide. (One of the creatures must be
carrying an explosive.)
You’d be wise to take a moment before grabbing a blue gem and plowing
through the nearest monster, though, as the game also features metal crates
that Diamond Hunter can bust only when he’s powered-up. Gems and crates
block the paths of the monsters, so you always have time to assess a
situation before taking action.
The developers at FreeStone Group have taken these simple gameplay
ingredients, popped them into a blender of ingenuity and poured out a
heaping serving of clever levels. They’ve also made it easy for you to
restart the current map if you get stuck (press the Space bar) and gave
Diamond Hunter an unlimited number of lives. You can also play the game’s 30
levels in any order you wish.
Best of all, the controls are straightforward and responsive, and Diamond
Hunter runs along at a good clip. This gives the game an arcade feel at
times, such as when you race to climb a ladder before two creatures converge
on you from either side.
Visually, Diamond Hunter could use a little polish. The graphics are 3D
accelerated, and while the level architecture is sharp, the character models
lack detail. That said, the clarity of the graphics is acceptable, and
Diamond Hunter should work well on older machines. If you have a newer PC,
you can pump up the resolution and color depth.
So give Diamond Hunter a try. You won’t reap untold riches, but you will be
rewarded with fun gameplay.