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HAPPY HILLS [IOS] – REVIEW (86%)

16 Sep

Happy Hills is a puzzle game released by dreamfab.

“The Happy Hills lead a joyous existence in the fantastic land of Euphoria. Life is an endless party until nasty blocks start raining down their heads and spreading a foul mood throughout the land.”

The idea of the game is simple, you are given a screen with some of the poor happy hills who have the blocks weighing them down and stopping them from playing. You are given a limited amount of bombs and you need to move the blocks off the heads of the happy hills.

Some levels are very easy with one bomb clearing the blocks and winning the level, however, you are only awarded stars if you destroy the blocks, and this is easier said that done, as some blocks are immune to some elements or hard to break.

Know your blocks: 

  • Wood – Can be burnt or fall off the screen, but float on water and cannot be broken by explosives.
  • Stone – Can break in water, fall off the screen or be damaged with several explosions.
  • Steel – Can be heated red hot by fire, water will destory them, heavy and hard to move, can be very big.

This simple mix of blocks and the elements on the screen to destroy them is so simple, but works really well.

Happy Hills is free, but offers 48 levels of gameplay (32 standard levels, and 16 bonus levels that are unlocked with stars), I have known paid games with less than this. A new area can be purchased with an in-app purchase of 69p for an addiction 48 levels (so you will have a fair idea compared with the free section what value you are getting for the money.)

The game is controlled by dragging your finger where you wish to place the bomb and tapping to explode.

The graphics and sound are good, but for the the bouncy soundtrack and cute sound effects really add to the game.

On the upside:

  • Well designed puzzle game
  • Fun to play
  • Easy to get one star, but to get them all taxes the brain sometimes.

On the downside:

  • Getting all the stars can sometimes require excellent timing or perfect positioning of the bombs.
  • Will not take you too long to complete the free content (without getting all the stars) (but the bonus level was a nice extra)

Overall, this is a really enjoyable puzzle game, the levels are easy to complete, but to get all the stars will make you think. I was surprised to see the game was free, after seeing a preview, but I can see them making the money on the additional content. I have no problem recommending the download of this one if you like puzzle games, but do not be surprised when you find yourself paying the 69p for the next 48 levels.

Rating: 86%

Size: 70.5 MB

Price (at time of review): Free [with in app purchases for additional levels]

Link: Happy Hills – dreamfab

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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

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