Doodlebug review (iPad)

April 15, 2011

“Pour some sugar on me, ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me, c’mon fire me up”

10 word description: Amiga/Atari ST platform adventure ported to iPad. 20 levels.

10 word review: Perfect copy of an average game. Good platformer on iPad.

The "normal" control choice - D-Pad + buttons works, dare I say it ... perfectly!

You will like this if you enjoy: Mostly forgotten, average Amiga platform games. Developers who listen and implement a great choice of control methods!

That cartwheeling skeleton is you - dead again.

The good news: Visually it’s a perfect copy of the original game. In version 1.1 a new default control method has been added that has made a massive improvement to this game.

That's good advice, even in a pretty place like this.

The bad news: The original game wasn’t a classic, however it is still a fun and very challenging platform action game that seems quite at home on my iPad.

I'm going to swim past those underwater obstacles ... and I might make it this time...

Arcadelife verdict: I’ve had to completely rewrite the majority of this review – as promised – due to the inclusion of a proper default control method in version 1.1. The use of virtual pad + buttons for jump and shoot really allow this game to shine. The alternative control method (still included for no sane reason I can think of!), a single controller for every action, completely wrecked any chance of enjoying the game when it was the only option.

You will still die - a lot - but it is no longer frustrating and you will get higher scores...

I like Doodlebug now. It was never the pinnacle of platform gaming in its day but it feels quite fresh and fun on my iPad. It’s pretty, runs very smoothly, presents a very tough challenge and, of course, now it has a great control method. I still die a lot, of course, but it’s my fault now, not the controls, well, mostly!

We all live in a yellow submarine ... apparently.

The rating has been changed to reflect how much fun this game is with a decent control method.

Arcadelife rating: 80/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1

iTunes link

Mobile Amusements website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3.2)

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  1. […] updated the original review and changed the rating. Go and read it to find out just how much improved it […]

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