Badland ($5) on iPhone and iPad? Pretty great! Badland on Apple TV? Believe it or not, it’s still pretty great. Frogmind’s distinctive side-scroller gives you a little, flapping creature to guide through shadowy terrain—but then things start falling and exploding, and as you pick up items, your little creature becomes a much larger one, or an even smaller one… or a dozen of them, all controlled together. And new twists come regularly.
What makes Badland work so well on Apple TV, on first blush, is its inherent simplicity: Holding down the touchpad button makes you flap and ascend, and letting go makes you dip and fall. It’s that easy to control, and that translates well to the Siri Remote. Badland also supports gamepads, however, and while the level editor didn’t make the jump from iOS, you can access the 20,000-plus user-created levels.