In the new game Free Fallers, construction crews are moving in to build stuff and in the process are mowing down the happy homes of the pandas. These witty pandas aren’t about to just sit around and take it so they concoct a crazy plan to drop from the sky and crush the construction crews into submission. To aid their mission they summon the help of their fellow animal buddies and begin to wage all out war on the home wreckers.
Created by ChilliJuice, Free Fallers is a cute game with a new cuddly twist to path-drawing strategy games. It offers 8 challenging levels and increasing points and rewards the more vehicles you crush. The game-play feels very natureal as it leverages both touch and swipe techniques well. To crush vehicles you must properly time and guide free-falling pandas, tigers, and elephants on top of them. As you play animals drop randomly from the sky in increasing numbers as construction vehicles travel across the screen from both sides. Animals fall quickly, and you don’t want them to collide with one another or miss their intended targets because it’ll end your game instantly. This may not sound very tricky, but I can assure you that it is. Free Fallers is no cake walk.
Free falling animals drop at a rapid rate, but can be slowed down with a single touch. When you tap an animal it deploys their parachute, buying you time to strategize as to which vehicle you’d like them to squash. Once parachutes are deployed you can move animals laterally with the swipe of your finger. Once you’ve gotten an animal positioned where you want them you use your finger to drag a line down toward your intended target. A feint trail of animal prints is left in the sky showing you your line of attack. Successful strikes leave visible damage on the target.
The overall game-play in Free Fallers is definitely both fun and challenging. Admittedly for me it took a bit of getting used to. Mainly because the cuddly demeaner of the game somewhat downplays the skill required to play it. When you’ve got multiple animals in flight navigating to different regions on the screen, new animals swiftly flying into the picture, and multiple construction vehicles to target, it’s very easy to lose track of at least one thing, which in many cases is just enough to end your game.
Free Fallers is good game for both children and adults. I’d say it’s probably best for kids ages 10 and up. The cuddly and fun nature of the game will without a doubt be a draw for even younger challengers, but personally I feel like the game is likely too challenging for them, thus may lose it’s appeal rather quickly. For adults, I wouldn’t let the child focused theme sway you from trying it. As I said, this game is pretty hard. It’ll give anyone of any age a run for their money. The graphics are pretty good, the game play is decent, and it provides more than enough challenge to be worth the $0.99 price point.
Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
Requirements: iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad; iPhone OS 3.0 or later
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