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Review: Doodle Bomb

January 25, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 6:26 PM

Category: Games
Seller:
Bottle Rocket
Price: $ 1.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 2.2.1 or later
Version: 1.0

What's good: Since games and applications with hand-drawn themes have gained popularity, there's been a proliferation of doodle titles on the AppStore. Doodle this, doodle that, and yet it never really seems to get old - or at least, so long as ideas remain fresh. Such is the case with Doodle Bomb, an addicting and dynamic physics puzzler that feels like a cross between iBlast Moki and DropBrick. The game's objective is simple - you need to infiltrate the enemy base by throwing bombs at the green controllers in each level which, when exploded, will unlock doors that you can then pass through to proceed to the next - and even more challenging - level. The farther you tap from your hiding hole, the more powerful the resultant throw becomes, while tilting the device contours the bomb trajectory slightly in the corresponding direction. As can be expected, missions gain difficulty as you progress, with additional blue controllers that are needed to activate moving planks, turning gears, retracted magnets, and other such complexities. You'll also encounter various elements that will help or hinder your course, such as mice you can bounce your bombs on, patrolling soldiers you need to knock out by dropping explosives on their heads, and red pieces that detonate immediately upon contact. Explore the stage layout carefully and consider how things can work together to accomplish your goal, then work out the solution in as few moves as possible. If you exceed the maximum bomb usage, you won't get the much coveted Bomb Badge, so you'll have to try again and see if you can't figure out a more efficient solution than you previously put into action. With proper timing, precise aim, and a bit of logical thinking and luck, you'll soon earn the title of Bomb Master, an honor accorded only to players skillful and persistent enough to complete all fifty levels. Exciting and combustive fun set in creative and physics driven stages await, so go get the game today and start your day with a bang!

Suggestions for improvement: A level selector that shows all the levels on the screen instead of one that needs to be scrolled through would really make things more accessible. We're also looking forward to more levels and maybe an additional gameplay mode (e.g. timed vs. classic).

Breakdown:
Graphics - 4.75/5 Creativity - 4.75/5 Gameplay - 5/5 Controls - 5/5
App-reciation - 5/5

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