Powerslide Penguin review (iPod/iPhone)July 21, 2011
♫ “Slippin’ and slidin’, peepin’ and hidin’
Won’t be your fool no more”
10 word description: Slingshot penguin, collect valuables, dodge enemies. 79 levels. Game Center.
10 word review: A rather erratic enjoyment curve; there’s fun amongst the chaos.
You will like this if you enjoy: Slingshot games (kind of obvious); Puckerz would be a reasonable comparison.
The good news: Instant, casual gameplay, decent graphics, decent framerate, lots of levels, a fair amount of variety between levels.
The bad news: The combination of limited moves and a time limit, plus annoying obstacles and tricky positioning of items initially made me want to smack myself in the face with a mallet. However … I stuck with it because I figured the failings must be all mine, because they usually are. Eventually it dawned on me that I needed to just relax and embrace the slapdash chaos of the sliding penguin, rather than attempt to precisely control him. Some people may not be this forgiving or patient. Some people may actually want to collect all the coins on every level. Be warned – leave the mallet out of reach.
Arcadelife verdict: Powerslide Penguin didn’t grab me from the start, but after giving in to the multiple “you lose” game mechanics (limited moves, timer, tricky level design, one-kill exploding enemies, pinball style bumpers) and just having a laugh with it, this game really isn’t too bad! I have a feeling that the HD version on an iPad might be quite a bit more fun, but I haven’t tried that version so it’s really just a wild guess.
Arcadelife rating: 72/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
Chillingo / Powerslide Penguin website link