Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Move the Walls - 3.5 Stars

What is it?
Move the Walls is an endless play game to make your character to move as far as possible through the middle of the screen by swiping walls out of the way that are in it's path. The game is simple to play once you get the direction of swipe correct. The further you travel the quicker the game gets that took my eyes a little while to adjust too, but that could be more to do with the the frown of concentration i displayed throughout playing the game. 

Throughout the game there are gold coins that can be collected by swiping them into your path, rather than the walls that are moved out of the way. I have no clue what the coins are used for!

I was in a very rare and strange place with this game as I was instantly quite good, for me, at playing it! After a few plays I explored the game further and there are various different backgrounds and themes available to play on such as in space and on a river with logs. It was a nice touch to the game that gave me options. Strangely I was better on other themes than the original. 

The GameCentre is enabled on the game but as a collective, there aren't leader boards for the different themes available.

The game ends when you hit a wall, which is easily done. Whatever you do if you miss a coin don't re-swipe it as 9 times out of 10 you will move the next wall in the wrong direction and end the game. At the end of the game you are given the option to continue, if you watch an ad. The adverts vary in length the from 14 - 24 seconds from what I have observed they get longer each time. 

The icon used for the game does do the content justice as it is very simple, dull colours and really doesn't jump off the screen or scream play me. This game is not made with the retro pixel look and it was a welcomed change. Bright colours and smooth lines are used and it was inviting to play. 

Now for some ratings.....

Ease of use 5
The premise of the game is a simple play, but it does take a while to get used to what direction to swipe to move the walls. If you miss a coin be careful as any swipe on the screen will move the next wall and then bang your dead!

Price - 5
This is a free game, but you can pay to remove the adverts.

Adverts - 3
There are adverts in the game but they are not too intrusive. As mentioned above you can extend your play by watching an advert that did come in handy.

Keep, jury is out or delete - Jury is out

Overall Score - 3.5 
I gave this a 3.5 as the game is nice to play but I know it won't hold my interest for very long. If you like endless play and are good at swiping then this could be for you. 

Where to find it:
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/hu/app/move-the-walls/id989656030?mt=8

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Jumpy Junior - 3.5 stars

What is it?
Jumpy Jumper is an endless play platform game. The aim of the game is to jump between platforms without hitting walls or falling between gaps. I would describe this game as Flappy Bird meets Ninja Jump. To play the game you simply tap the screen to make the running man character jump, and the more you tap the more mid air jumps you make. This element reminds me of Flappy Bird but instead of keeping the character off the platforms, you actually only score points for landing on them. As you increase the distance travel the game increases in speed, I like this feature and I found it easier than at the slower start.  After several plays though I quickly realised that you can take advantage of the sluggish start by jumping on the longer platforms twice to build up the score quicker. 

On trend the developer has used the pixel design with minimal colours or alterations between game play. Unlike Ninja Jump the characters legs don't move, so it appearance reminds me a little of the static picture of Mario from the retro games.

The game is on the GameCentre which is a big plus for me. After seeing the highest score on the GameCentre today I knew with a bit of dedicated play I could get to the top of the Leader Board, which I did, in less than 10 minutes. There  does however seem to be a design fault with the GameCentre settings applied to the game and only one of the two Leader Boards actually works, which is a shame, but I am holding onto my victory with both hands!

This is a basic game, and similar to many others on the store at the moment, but it does what it says on the tin. If you like Flappy Bird but want to earn points for those unfortunate contact with the platform then Jumpy Junior could be for you.

Now for some ratings.....

Ease of use - 5
The game gives the basic instruction of 'Tap to Jump' at the start of each game, but that is all that is needed really. If you are part of the Flappy Generation, yes I may have just made up a new label here but hey ho, then you will take to this game like a duck to water. The only difference as I mentioned above is that you get the points for landing on the platforms, so if you jump completely over one then you have missed valuable points. 
Price - 5
This is a free game with no in app purchases.

Adverts - 5
There are footer adverts on the app, but to be fair I hardly noticed them and they didn't interrupt my game play at all. 

Keep, jury is out or delete - Jury is out
I have had the app less than a day so I am not sure how long I will keep it just yet. It is a pleasant game that was easy to just pick up and play, but it is very similar to other games out there at the moment. With that said I personally preferred it to Ketchapps Triple Jump which I still haven't managed to master. The app has could be enhanced by earning points to unlock new characters or even options to change the background that I have seen appearing here and there across the App Store in the past few weeks. 

Overall Score - 3.5 
I have selected this score by comparing it to the other apps I have been playing in the past few weeks. This is not a negative rating by any stretch of the imagination, but the concept has flooded the store and it is just missing the special difference that would make it higher. With more user options this game would keep the user engaged for longer, but download it and see what you think (link is below).

Where to find it:
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jumpy-junior/id950560531?mt=8