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Review: Sponge Dude - and the Alien Hippies

December 6, 2009 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 1:56 AM

Category: Games
Seller:
Handplant Studios

Price: $ 1.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 2.2.1 or later

What's good: Take 1/2 part Topple, 1 part Katamari, 2 parts Touch Physics, and 3 parts Rolando - now throw them all together, shake it up, and you get 100% pure fun in the form of Sponge Dude - and the Alien Hippies! In this game, your adventures as SpongeDude start when iBoss banishes you to earth for oversleeping on your job as watchman. Predictably, you find that the planet's not to your liking - not only are you left stranded on a strange and faraway land, your movements are hampered by gravity. Because of this, you have to get creative! Find your way out by interacting with pushers, catapults, bombs, balloons, and various other tools to help you get to your destination and finish each mission. It might sound simple, but the game will challenge you as you map out the possibilities and effects of different objects on a wide variety of terrain slopes and angles. To make things more interesting, you also need to help a hippie friend along while keeping an eye out for collectibles that add to your score. Keep in mind that you're only given a limited amount of item uses, so you really need to understand the layout of each level and strategize accordingly. To cap it all off, the colorful artwork, humorous characters, smooth physics engine, and puzzling gameplay provides hours and hours of fun - ideal for those long hours stuck in traffic jams, international flights, boring class lectures, and dull meetings. Oh, and did we mention that blasting and throwing an elastic sponge around is insanely satisfying?

Suggestions for improvement: Add tips and hints to help players along more complex levels.

Breakdown:
Graphics - 4/5 Creativity - 5/5 Gameplay - 5/5 Controls - 4/5
App-reciation - 4.5/5


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