Dust Those Bunnies! review (iPod/iPhone & XL on iPad)

August 30, 2011

“I could feel my eyes turning into dust
Into strangers, turning into dust”

10 word description: Sweep enemy dust-bunnies into the dustpan before it’s too late.

Thrilling concept? No, it really isn't.

10 word review: Triumph of style over content. For fanatical screen swipers only.

You will like this if you enjoy: Stylish casual games. Slowly swiping your finger up your iPhone/iPod screen.

The good news: Great style; scratchy black and white pre-war film-reel quality maintained throughout. Interface and back-story is consistent with the vintage theme.

The bad news: Incredibly simplistic “slowly brush dust-bunnies into dustpan” gameplay sounds like the winning entrant in a contest to create the least exciting game concept ever. In practice it isn’t vastly different from what you’d expect after reading the description. The game often ends with you losing due to factors that you were blissfully unaware of as visual feedback is limited and, for most of the game, your finger covers the objects that you are brushing into the pan. There’s no tension, no feeling of impending doom, just a ‘game over’ message that pops up unexpectedly, leaving you feeling slightly bemused.

If you're considering creating a videogame, try asking a few random people what they think of your idea before spending months of your life turning it into a product that you intend to market to a potential global audience. Just a suggestion

Arcadelife verdict: It’s obvious that a ton of effort has been put into the style, graphics and interface but the shortcomings of the game are even more apparent because of this. If it had generic doodle graphics and no attempt at any kind of visual polish then the weak gameplay wouldn’t stand out quite so prominently. As it is, it’s like watching a random episode of a burned-out soap opera that has mistakenly been given a £20 million CGI title sequence and special effects but has retained the original script, cast and director.

Arcadelife rating: 34/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Dust Those Bunnies website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
iPad (OS 4.3.5)

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