Goats and Gadgets Review – What Would You Do For An Apple?
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Big Sprite Games
Version #: 1.0
Date Released: 2013-02-15
Developer: Big Sprite Games
Price: 0.99User Rating:
Goats are a tenacious animal. If they want something you had better get out of the way or else you are going to end up on your butt. Goats apparently love apples as well. So much so that they will adventure through the snow packed hills of the Himalayas; through abominable snow men and mischievous trolls just to get their snack.
While this isn’t the silliest premise for an iOS game, it still gives me a bit of a chuckle to think about it. Beyond the theme Goats and Gadgets is a puzzle game that has you moving goats around the level to reach an apple. At first this is just a matter of positioning your goats over switches or stacking them to reach higher platforms, but as the levels progress the games becomes more of a timing puzzle that has you moving multiple platforms and activating switches in time with other creatures. This orchestra of bedlam intensifies as more gadgets are introduced. There are teleporters that are used to connect parts of the level with each other and even a bionic goat that when can act as a cannon when he isn’t clamoring for apples.
Besides the landscape, there are several creatures that are intent on stopping your mission. There is a giant snow beast that will slap you off the map if you get too close. There is also a club wielding troll that will mostly leave you alone unless you stand on his platform (here is a hint, you have to do that a lot). Finally there is a hairy spider that can drop out of the sky to snatch up any goat unaware. There is also an interplay between these menaces that is utilized in the puzzles.
The controls consist of swiping the direction you want your goat to go. These goats don’t move very fast so its important that your time your swipes when things get tight. A mis-swipe could stack your goats in the wrong order, or send them to the wrong platform. The puzzles themselves are not terribly difficult. most of them take just am minute to figure out where to go and the rest of the rest is just getting the timing down. There are fourty levels the beat and many of them have optional side goals to achieve while you quest for apples. While this game isn’t a heavy puzzle game that will leave your mind boggled, it is a fun light weight puzzler that is worth the $.99 price. There is plenty of room to expend this concept down the line so it will be interesting to see if Big Sprite has more in store for their hungry goats.
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Who Is It For:Fans of light puzzles
What I Like:Fun timing based puzzles
What I Don't Like:Controls would sometimes send your goats the wrong way
Final Statement:Goats are tenatious animals!
Article By Nathan Kline
Nathan has been an avid Apple user and advocate since the days of the Apple ][. He has always sought to find new ways to make use of technology to assist his daily life. As a paramedic in southern California Nathan brings his familiarity with technology to the field, and at whatsoniphone.com he brings his critical thinking to he analysis of apps and news. You has also written app reviews for the mobile app site Smokinapps.com.
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