Cute frogs, spinning lily pads, a tranquil koi pond, and challenging game-play; what’s not to love! Dizzypad by Nimblebit is a simple yet addictive game where you’re a cute frog in the quest to travel far across the pond. In your way are an endless network of lily pads that spin in various directions and are intent on sending you soaring into the water. As you hop from one pad to the next you begin to collect flowers. The key is to collect as many flowers as possible, earning you extra lives. The longer you last and further you go the more points and awards you accrue. Points send you soaring up the global leaderboard and awards unlock new skins that make your frog oh so more attractive. You can unlock as many as 15 different frog skins allowing big time players the luxury of leaping across the pond in style.
The innocent exterior of Dizzypad successfully covers up its challenging interior. Cute frogs, lazy koi fish, flowers, and lily pads, this can’t possibly be hard can it? Wrong! This cute little game packs a sneaky little punch. As the lily pads spin you’ll find it surprisingly challenging to bounce from one to the next. Every leap presents a new and different challenge. Some pads are close together, others are far apart, some are straight ahead, others are presented at various angles. Pads spin in both clockwise and counter clockwise directions. The name couldn’t have been more aptly named; Dizzypad describes it to a tee.
As simple as Dizzy pad looks and sounds it requires strategy and concentration to go far. The further I advance in the game the more mesmerized and addicted I become. You might be thinking, mesmerized? How? Well, I’ve noticed that I can play for several minutes at a time without missing a single pad, but somehow out of the blue I’ll start missing pads, even easy ones, for no apparent reason other than I’ve been lulled into complacence. Something about the spinning pads and tranquil sounds coerces you into leaping even if you aren’t ready. It’s amazing!
Overall, I love pretty much everything about this game. It’s peaceful demeanor, the reflection of the moon ripling on the wake, and the cuteness of the frogs, dragonflies, fish, etc. all add to it’s simple yet attractive personality. Dizzypad is perfect for kids, great for adults, and is the type of app that keeps you coming back for more. There was only one minor thing that I didn’t like about this app. The pause button is located in the top right hand corner of the screen and I found myself routinely tapping it on accident when there was a lily pad within the vicinity. When pressed it invokes a pause menu that has a quit and continue button. A couple of times when I was really kicking butt and wracking up a big score I accidentally hit the pause button then as a reflex pressed the closest option which happened to be the quit button. So that pretty much sucked because my game ended suddenly and my score was lost forever. Hopefully the developer can do something about that. Aside from that one little knock Dizzypad is an excellent game and without a doubt a keeper.
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
Requirements: iPhone or iPod Touch; iPhone OS 3.1 or later
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