#1 BEST IPHONE GAME OF THE YEAR - Gamezebo, 2014:

"The touchscreen controls are as precise as the level design, and the level design is exemplary. This isn’t just a good example of how to do a platformer on mobile, this is a good example of how to do a platformer period.".

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- Promoted "Best New Game" by Apple
- "Best iPhone Game of 2014" by Gamezebo
- #1 Hot Game @ Touch Arcade
- PocketGamer GOLD AWARD
- Gamezebo (earlier review): "Hands down, this is one of the best games of 2014"
- Touch Arcade: Rated 5 / 5
- ArcadeLife: Rated 9.5 / 10

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TRAPS N' GEMSTONES is an adventurous platform game, among gamers typically known as the "Metroidvania" genre, from Donut Games, the developer behind chart-toppers Traffic Rush, Sunday Lawn, the "Rat On A" series and many others.


Precious relics have suddenly started to disappear from a well-hid pyramid that has been guarded by Bedouins for generations, who claim to have spotted an unknown perpetrator.
As a freelance archaeologist and expert on ancient explorations, you've been secretly called in to Egypt to help them solve the mystery.

Arriving at the pyramid's entrance empty handed, your journey starts off by searching some well-known chambers for items and weapons to help you on your quest.
But as you get deeper into the pyramid, you begin to realize that this mystery will require more than just a whip, a sharp mind and a good amount of explosives to unravel.


- Easy to use D-PAD controls
- Non-linear gameplay: Walk around and explore freely
- Non-destructive gameplay: When failing, you don't restart from the beginning, but at the entrance of the current chamber
- MAP OVERVIEW: Keep track of visited areas
- INVENTORY OVERVIEW: Keep track of found weapons, items and relics
- VARIETY IN GAMEPLAY: Run, roll, swim, slide, ride mine carts, etc
- NO IN-APP PURCHASES: Buy the game, get everything


- Game Center support
- Widescreen support
- MFi Controller support
- ION Arcade Controller support
- Universal App (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
- Real-time sound spatialization: Hear the sound dynamically adapt to your surroundings, from large chambers to underwater swims

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- "Traps n' Gemstones has come out of nowhere and whipped us round the chops with its excellence"

What’s New

Version 1.04.1

- Keep score between session, even if app is unloaded from your device's memory
- Improved 64-bit compatibility
- Minor text fixes... because all great software need those ;)

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Irishbeauty6 ,


I have purchased other games by this developer, and they were simple and more “ quick-fix” games so I was nervous about this one. I was soooo wrong! The amount of detail and exploration potential is insane! It has that old school feel with the graphics, but its hours of fun! I looked online and found a website that has hints to help you... they are worth it! I haven’t been able to put this game down! It’s well worth the $5, and I hope they have a sequel. This is perfect if you have time on your hands- road trip/ vacation/time off/ or just to have some great fun searching for the relics!! Great job on this one!!

bares ,

Fantastic platformer

This game kept me engaged throughout the entire adventure and left me wanting more! I'll play any similar game that Donut Games puts out in the future.

Snickerdoodle4242 ,

It was alright 🤷🏼‍♀️

The game was fine, but it FOR SURE wasn’t worth $5. Getting the gems means nothing and the game can feel complete after getting all the relics in all the right places. If you’re a completionist like myself, finding the secret rooms and secret symbols was easily found through walkthroughs on the internet. The story fell flat for me and how easily you could die was frustrating. For $5, I wouldn’t recommend it. For free with ads, I’d recommend trying it out and then I would have possibly paid $2 if I really liked it. I’m a big fan of platformers with good stories, and would suggest FancyPants Adventures (who’s music is SO GOOD) or Cat Bird for better stories and harder challenges.


Donut Games
19.5 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence


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