Jelly Wars review (iOS / Universal)

September 12, 2011

“War is love, war is hell”

10 word description: Online multiplayer (1 vs 1); destroy jelly opponent; ranking system.

Not all the levels are symmetrical - here I am the one on the ground and I am going to lose because I haven't yet started to use my initiative...!

10 word review: Entertaining, polished online battles. Worms/Angry Birds style shooting. Fun!

To shoot, jump, or try something clever and fall in the water? Decisions, decisions...

You will like this if you enjoy: A combination of intuitive Worms style slingshot combat and online 1 vs 1 multiplayer gaming.

Many times, the next thing you see after this is a message that your opponent has left

The good news: Of great importance, the online system is smooth, polished and quick to join games. Graphics are very good, with a nice zoom & pan functionality. Combat takes maybe one or two games to figure out, with only three shooting modes to master – normal shot, sticky shot and character shot (to move your jelly around the level).

Thanks, some free points. Always welcome...

The bad news: Online play only. There’s no offline or single-player mode, so the only way to learn is to play online against other players. The fun can sometimes be slightly spoiled by opponents who quit after the first round, although this guarantees you some points so it’s not all bad news. Note – there’s no chat function so you don’t have to endure grammatically challenged insults from pre-teens and angry middle-aged nowheres.

Here's an example of the destructible scenery ... see the next picture ...

Arcadelife verdict: This is an impressively conceived and implemented online game. Most of the matches I’ve played have been great fun, against randomly picked players with a wide range of Jelly lobbing ability. Graphics, controls and combat are all very good. There’s more to the combat than shooting accuracy, and I have won several matches by either destroying the lowest platform under an opponent or knocking them off it, both of which have the same result – they fall into the water and instantly die. Ha ha ha…. great fun!

After a hard battle, the landmass is looking rather different

It would be really nice to have an offline / single-player mode, but I understand why there isn’t one – it’s a multiplayer game… Highly recommended, but try the free version (ad supported) if you’re not sure.

Different level layouts require adaptive strategies, according to my book on how to sound like a pompous tit on the internet

Arcadelife rating: 89/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.15
iTunes link

Star Arcade 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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