Jul 18, 2011

App Review: Doodle Jump

Doodle Jump for Android is an extremely simple, yet addictive game. The goal is to jump your little up the green blocks. Different colored blocks react differently. For example the blue blocks move and the brown blocks will break when you land on them. You can fall, but just not below the screen level. Springs, trampolines and jet packs help you get even higher, and tapping the screen lets you fire on the space monsters in your way. Thankfully you dont have to be too accurate with the firing! Avoid the blackholes, and get as high as you can.

You can also turn off the use of the accelerometer and tilt in the settings menu, and simply touch the side of the screen you want your Doodle to jump towards. This may be easier for younger players.

Local Challenge (multi-player) lets you play against a friend, and you pass the phone between you for each level. Doodle Jump on the Xoom tablet seemed to have an accelerated speed, which it worked, was not much fun.

Price: .99
Tested On: Nexus One, Nexus S, Xoom Tablet

Jul 16, 2011

App Review: Grow

Our family loves the Android App Grow! A cute concept, where your little fishy needs to eat other smaller fish to grow, at the same time dodge the bigger more aggressive fish. it is eat, or be eaten in this game, yet it is appropriate for all ages. The paid version has over  70 levels, with several "power-ups" and "enemy fish". Grow reminded us of an underwater Angry Birds. It was fun yet challenging. It was best suited to the 9 year old.

We loved how this game gave you lots of control over the settings. Namely that you can use tilt control (accelerometer), virtual joystick or touch movement. Older players will enjoy the challenge of tilt control, while younger ones will find touch movement easier to use.

Grow is available in both the Android and Amazon App stores, but the FREE version (with 22 levels) is only available in the Android Store. We picked up the full version a while back when it was the Amazon App Store Free App of the Day.

Price: Free/1.99
Developer: Epic Pixel, LLC
Website: http://www.epicpixel.com/Grow/
Tested On: Nexus One, Xoom Tablet

Jul 9, 2011

App Review: Aqua Pets

My kids would love to have an aquarium, but for now Aqua Pets will have to do! A cute little bubble animal assists you in catching your fish, the better your cast, the better the fish. But you have to be quick, or they will get away. You can keep your fish in your display tank, storage tank or even sell them for Coins.

You can buy additional bait, new fishing rods and fish tanks. The more exotic the bait and rod, the more more exotic and rare the fish you catch could be. Most of the fish have cute funny names, which keeps the kids interest too.

My kids compete to see who can get the rarest fish and they really enjoy maintaining their tanks. My 6 year old likes Aqua Pets a lot and uses his fish tank his live wallpaper. The most annoying thing is the collection Pearls. Pearls are used, along with Coins that you earn, to buy items. But they are very difficult to earn, even for adults. It seems the game maker really wants to you purchase Pearls for real money.

The game maker maintains a strong social presence and can be found on twitter (@aquapetsgame) and Facebook.

Price: Free
Developer: Bionic Panda Games, Inc