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AERO VACATION [IOS] – REVIEW (80%)

Aero Vacation is a Freemium “Build A Plane” game and is released by Chillingo Ltd.

“See the world on an Aero Vacation
! Captain the ultimate airship in this highflying adventure. Keep your passengers happy as you travel around the world. Upgrade your ship with marvellous facilities like roller-coasters and water parks that are sure to make your airship the greatest vacation destination to sail the skies.”

The idea of the game is to build the ultimate airship / plane. You will get passengers and they will fly to various destinations aroud the world. As you play your passengers will give you money depending on the quality and quantity of rooms in the plane. This money can be invested back into the airship to make it bigger and add more rooms and functions.

There are three main resources to control in the game coins (for buying items), energy (needed to upgrade rooms) and Aero credits (used to reduce waiting times by 1 credit per hour or buying special rooms).

As your progress in the game you can create new room for the passagers and new destinations will open.

You are set goals to achieve, by your “assistant” and the passengers that will give bonus cash, aero credits or energy.

There is also a social element to the game allowing you to add friends, sending them a boost when visiting their plane.

On the Freemium side, you do not need to use real world cash to continue playing the game, and you may be able to play for about half an hour or so before you really need to start waiting for things to happy. If you are willing to play twice a day you can still progress at a steady rate. If you want to sit and play it for hour after hour, then you will find yourself waiting and wanting to spend real world money to speed things up.

The game is controlled by selecting items from the menu and placing them on the plane. Things on the plane can be clicked on and a menu will appear at the side of the screen for it, so you can move them (an option you will use a lot) or upgrade etc.

The graphics and sound are very good.

On the upside:

  • Well designed game.
  • Lots of feelings of achievement as your plane grow and new things are built.
  • Keeps you coming back for more.

On the downside:

  • The Aero Credits side of the Freemium – the Aero Credit hard to gain later in the game, and some rooms cost hundreds of them.
  • Costs and Time increases as you advance, I gained a level and the rooms doubled in price, I was saving up for 70,000 and suddenly it cost P140,000.
  • Notifications automatically on, so you will need to go into settings to control them.

Overall, this is one of the better “Build A …” style games I have played. The Freemium is a little on the heavy side for me, it is possible to play the game without it, but it can be very much a waiting game if you do not wish to play for things. Therefore, if you are someone who cannot wait this game will cost you a lot of money and avoid if you don’t have the cash. Otherwise, it is well worth checking out, just do not be surprise if you are tempted to make an in-app purchase. I just wished the prices and time were not a moving goal post as you advance.

Rating: 80%

Size: 20.4 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium

Link: Aero Vacation – Chillingo Ltd

 
 

ROLLING JUMP [IPHONE] – REVIEW (71%)

Rolling Jump is a basic jump game released by Chugulu Games.

“Help Lighty save the light of the world by escaping from the dark evil creatures in this incredibly FUN and ADDICTING game! Simply jump from each wheel up into the sky and stars to protect the light of the world”

The basic idea of the game is that you are playing “Lighty” a small ball like alien who is heading to the sky to escape the darkness that is climbing after him and to save the world. The game is played by jumping from one Wheel to the next as you try and get as high into the sky as possible.

This game reminded my very heavily of Jump O’ Clock which Glu released around a year ago, and the game play is very similar.

Tapping the screen will make Lighty jump in the direction that he is are currently facing and hopefully he will land on the next Wheel. That’s it, pure and simple.

Additional dangers are added to the game as some of the wheel have bouncy goo/slime on the surface and other such as baloons that annoyingly drift into your way when jumping.

There are some lights/suns to collect in the game and they can be used to activate a super boost that will send you upwards for a fair way.

The graphics and sound are both good, with a nice graphical style.

On the upside:

  • Fast and furious gameplay.
  • Cute main character.

On the downside:

  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Lacking in power ups.
  • I would have liked to seen more dangers added.

Overall, this is a good game for the casual gamers. It is simple to play and you can quick learn how the game works. It is not the most original game, but at least it has learnt from similar games taking the best parts of them. I would have liked to have seen a little more variety in the game, like spikes, different enemies, rather than trying to maximise your score with multipliers. At present the app is £1.49, which it is probably worth. There is a lite version available on the app store to try before you buy.

Rating: 71%

Size: 17.2 MB

Link: Rolling Jump – Chugulu Games

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

MADCOASTER [IOS] – REVIEW (80%)

Madcoaster is a “run” and jump game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“Please keep arms and legs inside the car at all times… Get ready for the roller coaster ride of your life with MadCoaster. Speed through various environments, collecting coins along the way as you try to beat your latest high score!”

The game is controlled by simply tapping the screen to make the roller coaster jump into the air, the longer you hold the higher the jump.

The main gameplay consists of trying to achieve obectives while getting as far as you can in the game. You collect coins for points and smash birds and creatures on the tracks to get points. Every 1000m their will be a coin filled cave and then you switch to a new theme background which changes the creatures on the tracks.

During gameplay, you really need to just focus on not falling down the gaps in the track, everything else in the game needs to be hit, coins to collection them and birds etc to smash them.

Along the way, you will hit power ups which give you about 20 seconds of extra abilities, like a coin or bird magnet, jetpack or extra speed.

The game has dozens of in-game objective and achievements to complete, to add to the interest.

You do collect coins in the game, but you can not do anything with them, in other games of this type you can buy different costumes and equipment, but on this one the roller coaster cars are upgraded automatically, and may become a colour you hate, this could have easily been mixed into the coin system.

There is a store for in-app purchases, but this gives you more lives which is pretty pointless and to unlock more themes. You can unlock these by playing the game for distances over 10,000m, but this will be fairly tough. With only 4 themes it is silly locking away others via in-app.

The graphics and sound are both good, but nothing outstanding.

On the upside:

  • Fast and furious gameplay.
  • Universal Application

On the downside:

  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Lack of really useful power ups (bar coin magnet and jetpack).

Overall, this is an excellent game for the casual game, and even a hard core gamer will enjoy this one for a while. The objectives will keep you coming back for sometime as well as the fairly addictive gameplay. If it had made more of the coin collection and not focused up in-app for silly things, like for example, Jetpack Joyride, it would have been a better game, but it is not a bad alternative especially at 69p.

Rating: 80%

Size: 16.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Madcoaster – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

LIGHT THE FLOWER [IOS] – REVIEW (89%)

Light The Flower is a clever puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“FLOWER POWER! – Guide the light from the window to the flowers using a variety of objects including mirrors, colored lenses, and torches! Make sure you guide the correct color of light to the corresponding plant otherwise they’ll never wake up!”

This game is simple in design, but very clever at the same time. The game uses the idea of reflecting light beams around a puzzle area to give the plants within the sunlight they need.

This game borrows a lot of the puzzle ideas that are in many iOS games today, needed to collect (by lighting up) the three stars in the area, using these to unlock later stages etc.

Gameplay wise this game is fun and addictive, you will continue playing level after level without stopping. The puzzles test you mind as you try and work out where to place the mirrors and how to angle them to collect the most  stars possible. It is fairly easy to light the plant without any stars, this will move you quickly through the levels, but this will not win the game.

Currently, the game includes 5 houses (areas) with 12 levels in each (60 in total). There is a promise of more houses on the way.

Every house added more new dangers and objects that make the game play more interesting, like switches, light filters for different coloured flowers and bombs that will explode if sunlight is on them too long.

The game is control by selecting a mirror, then dragging it into a location and then rotating the mirror using two fingers.

The graphics and sound are excellent, the graphics of the cute flowers drawing you in.

There is an in-app purchase where you can unlock all the levels, but this is not needed as long as you are reasonable at collecting stars on each level.

On the upside:

  • Cute game.
  • Some nicely designed puzzles.
  • Addictive gameplay.

On the downside:.

  • Switching between mirrors is not as easy as it can be at time, with you accidently turning the same mirror again.
  • Memory hungry, especially on the iPad 1 you may need to reboot before playing.
  • 60 levels is good, but you will finish without all the stars within about 3 hours.

Overall, this is a really fun and playable puzzle game. I believe this will become another of those sleeper hits that will slowly gain fans until word of mouth and several reviews push it into the limelight and suddenly it jumps to the top of the charts. Hoperfully more house can be added to the game soon, and a tweak on the memory usage. Well worth downloading at the 69p price point.

Rating: 89%

Size: 17.2 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Light The Flower – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

HARRY THE FAIRY [IOS] – REVIEW (71%)

Harry the Fairy is an explorer puzzle game released by Chillingo Ltd.

“He’s green…but not so mean. Meet Harry the Fairy, the loveably sprite on a mission to rescue his fairy friends. Follow him on an adventure through mystical and dangerous underground caverns as he avoids many dangers and eventually saves the day!”

This application gives you control of Harry, who is trying to track down his friends who have been kidnapped and trapped inside a group of underground caverns.

The game play is very simple. You are placed on a map and you need to find your way to the end of the level where your friend is locked in a cage. As you move through the level you pick up stars along the way and need to avoid some traps and dangers along the way. Dangers include spikes and drills.

You can get a shield to protect you are nearly every check point in the level, if you are hit without the shield it is game over for Harry, and you will be returned to the check point.

The game is control by either tilting the device or using a virtual joystick which centres where you place your finger on the screen. The controls, while the do work are not the greatest, sometimes you do not centre the joystick quite right and you find yourself drifting into a drill head.

For more, the main downside of the application was the real lack of excitement. Really all Harry can do is move and push things. You can drift around the map following the pathway for say twenty seconds on some of the early levels without even anything happening. Harry does not even fly very fast.

The graphics and sound are good, the graphics of harry are cute, but nothing truly outstanding.

On the upside:

  • Wacky and Loveable character.
  • Some nicely designed puzzles.
  • Universal App

On the downside:

  • Slow gameplay.
  • Intro movie is on YouTube, not in the application.
  • Only 28 levels, so a little short lived game.

Overall, this is a good game, but really I found it lacking in excitement. This one is really for people who want to solve puzzles and take there time about things. There is nothing wrong with the game design, and maybe it is just me, but I would have liked Harry’s wand to fire and for a few enemies just to have given the game something more than a feel of a slow exploration game.

Rating: 71%

Size: 29.0 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Harry the Fairy – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2012 in Game - Arcade, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews