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Doodle Jump Review (iPhone)
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Handheld consoles and the iPhone in particular are best known for their easy to pick up and play games which come at a cheap price and provide short bursts of fun, helping to tackle boredom during adverts on TV or when you’re waiting tediously in a queue. Developed by Lima Sky, a game called Doodle Jump has taken the Appstore by storm, along with the crown of the number one rated iPhone game. Is the crown deserved I hear you ask?

Doodle Jump is beautiful in its simplicity. The objective of the game is to guide your cute four-legged character called a Doodler as high as possible in the air before he falls to a painful death. The Doodler automatically jumps, and using the iPhones built-in accelerometer, you simply tilt your iPhone left or right in order to land the quirky character on a platform, sending him bouncing off on to another. You must keep this sequence going for as long as possible until you eventually miss a platform or hit a monster in your path and the you’re rewarded with a highscore to upload and share with the world via Facebook or the in-game online leaderboards.

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Many platforms are present when you begin the game and as you progress further up in the air, the fewer platforms you will find. Along with fewer platforms, you will also find platforms that break when jumped upon, platforms which move up and down or side to side, and platforms which disappear after you jump on them. If this didn’t sound hard enough, the odd monster or black hole will appear which you must either use skill and quick thinking to dodge or shoot down the evil foe before you touch it; tapping on the screen will fire small pellets upwards.

The developers at Lima Sky aren’t completely heartless however. Power-ups have randomly been placed on platforms which you can acquire to make your job that much easier. Jetpacks and propeller hats will fire your Doodler high into the air, adding thousands onto your score and giving you a great chance of beating your personal best. Springs and trampolines will have the same effect as the previous two power-ups except for providing you will less distance; on a positive note however, they occur on a more regular basis. You can also find spring boots, which you can guess what they do, and last but not least, the useful force shield which will protect you for a short period of time against any monsters or UFOs you encounter.

Doodle Jump is such an addictive game, and I can’t quite put my finger on why. It could be down to the flawless controls which even my Grandma could be comfortable with after a few attempts. The sensitivity of the tilting is spot on and this helps make the game easy to pick up and play. Maybe it’s the gorgeous graphics on display? The Doodler itself along with the monsters and platforms have been designed and animated to extremely well. Add to this some nice textures and a simplistic background and the game is some nice eye-candy. Three visual themes are available to keep the game fresh, and you can easily switch between these at the main menu. There is a standard white a green theme, along with separate snow and Halloween themes. The Halloween theme is particularly impressive as the screen is illuminated only by a bright white light shining from your Doodler; this limits your visibility on the screen and potentially makes the game harder.

There isn’t much more to say about Doodle Jump apart from go and buy it! The game costs a mere $0.99/£0.59 and provides some truly fantastic gameplay which you’ll find hard to put down. “Just one more go!” you’ll be saying! Ten attempts later… Highly recommended and a must own for iPhone gamers.

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Doodle Jump Review (iPhone), 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
  • Kafai

    I LOVE THIS GAME…IM SOO ADDICTED TO IT so as angry birds.

  • https://?u=bax88 Alan Baxter

    Amazing isn’t it! What’s your high score Kafai?

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