Clay Jam Review – Just Weird

On April 24, 2013

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Clay Jam Review – Just Weird

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By: Zynga Inc.

Version #: 1.8

Date Released: 2012-11-29

Developer: Zynga Inc.

Price: Free

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This is one of those games that will raise an eyebrow while in play, leaving users wondering what the developers were thinking when they decided to design such a game.

The objective of Clay Jam is pretty complicated. A bunch of clay creatures have had their home, a clay hill, destroyed. So to rebuild it, you have to take control of a clay ball rolling around to collect more clay. And what better way to accumulate clay than to smash other clay creatures, causing the ball to get bigger as it accumulates clay. While you’re at it, face off against giant evil clay monsters by accelerating and launching the clay ball right in their faces.

In other words, destroy to build more.

Ironical, isn’t it?

Clay Jam had be quite baffled both by its core concept and the actual gameplay itself. To take control of the ball, players use their fingers to trace out a path for the ball to roll onto. As the ball will only travel forwards, players will have to use said path to manipulate the direction it travels, creating turns and swerves and whatnot. Towards the end of each stage, there will be an accelerating pad of sorts to boost the rolling speed of the ball. After which, the ball will launch itself at the enemy located at the end of the level as mentioned earlier.

A weird game, Clay Jam is accompanied by equally weird grunting sounds made by the clay monsters. As far as visuals are concerned, the game seems to revolve around twisted contortions that somehow remind me of Clayface of the Batman series.

Of course, to keep users enticed there are loads of quests and objectives to fulfill.

A free game, I’d say it’s not for everyone but feel free to give it a shot.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:No

Learning Curve:Moderate. Takes a while to understand

Who Is It For:Casual gamers

What I Like:The concept of the game is rather unique

What I Don't Like:The game gets rather weird

Final Statement:It's like living playdough

Read the Developer's Notes:
Save the land of Clay Jam from the fearsome Bully Beasts in this fun-packed action game.
Editor's Choice in over 100 countries
#1 Kids game in 46 countries
#1 Action game in 10 countries
Nominated for a BAFTA!
Nominated for the Pocket Gamer awards!
USA Today
“Clay Jam is a blast to play for kids and kids at heart, so be sure to roll over to the App Store to download the game.”

Pocket Gamer
Full of character and colour, Clay Jam is easy to pick up and very hard to put down.
It's also one of the most refreshing freemium games around, rewarding you for continual play rather than punishing you for not spending money.

An incredible artistic and technical achievement with very satisfying gameplay and progression.

... every lovingly-molded inch of Clay Jam is an uncanny delight.

Gametrailers - App of the Day
Clay Jam is a very rare treat on the App Store. It's refreshingly different from the rest of the pack, plays like a dream, and is balanced so perfectly that both kids and adults alike will get a suitable level of challenge from the game. Download this immediately.

... Clay Jam is an extremely satisfying experience shaped from mounds of sheer joy.


Guide Fat Pebble as he rolls down five weird and wonderful hills in a world made entirely from clay!

Squash monsters on the way, and he'll grow and grow and GROW! Get all the way to the bottom of the hill and meet the nasty Bully Beasts.

Can you collect enough clay to free the monsters and save Clay Jam?!

PLEASE NOTE! This game is free and you can play it without spending any money. You can however spend real money on in-game items. If you don't want to use this feature, please disable it in your device's settings.

? EVERYTHING in the game is made from real clay!
? Squash, roll and bounce your way through a very peculiar world
? A unique control system - gouge paths in the clay to steer
? More than 20 hand-made monsters to discover
? 5 amazingly strange hills to rebuild
? 5 fearsome Bully Beasts to defeat
? Brilliantly original music
? Fantastically funny sound effects
? Family-friendly weirdness

Note: If you are experiencing any crashes, please try shutting down any running apps and restarting the device.
Clay Jam works on iPhone (3Gs and later), iPad (all iPads) and iPod touch (3G and later) and runs on iOS 4.3 or later.

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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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