Super Crate Box for iphone, ipad Review

On January 17, 2012

App Type: iPhone

Super Crate Box for iphone, ipad Review

Our rating:

By: Vlambeer vof

Version #: 1.0

Date Released:

Developer: By Vlambeer

Price: $0.99

User Rating:

Some of the most addictive iOS games are the most minimal and easy to learn. There is an attractive beauty in games that don’t try too hard to do too much. Sometimes the best thing a game can do focus on the gameplay and let the content be a scaffolding for which to engage the challenge. This could not be more true with the newly released Super Crate Box.

Super Crate Box doesn’t boast a story, or even any instructions. You can learn almost everything you need to know about the game in the first two minutes you play. The skull-like enemies stream forth from the top of a Mario-esque platform tower. They work their way to the bottom where they fall into a fire pit that transports them back to the top, angry and fast. You are charged with killing them, but you gain no points for doing so. The only way you can gain points is by pickup crates that appear around the level Each time you do you are given one of thirteen different weapons, from flamethrowers to laser guns. Some weapons are decidedly better than others and you don’t get to pick what you get.

This is where the challenge comes. The run jump and shoot platforming is only a pretense for getting a new weapon. Even if you have the best weapon in the game and are able to lay low legions of baddies, it is only useful for blasting your way through to the next crate, where, as luck would have it, you receive a double pistol. For those not in the know the double pistol is rivaled only by the disc gun in frustration. Touching any enemy or throwing oneself into the fire and the game ends. The frantic gameplay and constant readjusting of strategy leaves you with that, “just one more” feeling that keeps you jumping in again and again.

Gameplay aside, there are also plenty of unlockables to be had, but most of which can be unlocked with a quick afternoon of playing. The rest do take a bit of practice to obtain the scores necessary. Each time you start you have a different character, some of which from popular iOS games. There are also multiple game types on each level which can be unlocked as well. For such a simple game, there seems to be endless replay value. If the ever growing crate counter on the main screen is any indication, Super Crate Box is going to be a smash 2012 hit.

We rate this app 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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