Chop Chop Kicker review (Universal)

March 29, 2011

“Can I kick it? Yes you can. Well I’m gone, gone.”

(4th gen iPod screen image)

10 word description: Flying/distance game; draw lines; earn coins to unlock upgrades.

(iPad screen image) That 'Grumpy' dino is one of the unlockable characters.

10 word review: Colourful, casual, instantly playable; great addition to the Chop-Chop collection.

(4th gen iPod screen image) You can draw lines of any length and curve, even complete loops.

You will like this if you enjoy: Other Chop-Chop games, Solipskier, flying/distance games.

(iPad screen image) Who you callin' a puff?

The good news: Bright, cheerful, polished, pick-up-and-play fun. Players of Chop Chop Caveman will appreciate the way the graphical style has been incorporated into a different type of game. Simple controls, cosmetic and “boost” upgrades, varied and entertaining game world. 

(4th gen iPod screen image) You can unlock different worlds quite quickly, but the changes are purely cosmetic.

The bad news: The completely freestyle line-drawing can lead to the occasional unplanned result, such as your dino reversing direction and flying backwards, which ends your flight rather abruptly. I’ve also seen my dino fall through a drawn line a few times for no obvious reason.

(4th gen iPod screen image) "The acronym VLAN expands to Virtual Local Area Network." Uh-huh, ok...

Arcadelife verdict: Chop Chop Kicker is another fun game in the series, departing from familiar running/platform mechanics while retaining the casual feel and the fun cartoon style graphics of the earlier games.

Drawing lines to make ramps and little ski-slopes for your flying dino is very simple and intuitive. When you manage to successfully draw a full loop through a pattern of jelly-beans it is very satisfying.

(3rd gen iPod screen image) Looping is much more satisfying when you don't completely MISS THE GIANT EGG!

You start off with enough magic ink to make quite a lot of progress, even on your initial fumbling flights; enemies and obstacles add comedy value as much as they add challenge and the game never feels frustrating. The unlockable items – dinos, worlds and booster upgrades – will all come with time, giving you a steady drip-feed of new content while you play.

(4th gen iPod screen image) Not all unlocks are purely cosmetic.

Chop Chop Kicker is universal and looks great on Retina display and iPad. It would definitely benefit from a set of challenge levels to complement the basic ‘endless’ flight mode but is still an enjoyable and replayable pick-up-and-play game.      

Arcadelife rating: 75/100

The version of Chop Chop Kicker that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.0

iTunes link

Gamerizon / Chop Chop Kicker website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
3rd gen iPod Touch  (OS 4.3.1)
4th gen iPod Touch  (OS 4.3.1)
iPad (OS 4.3.1)

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