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Diggin’ Dogs review (iPod/iPhone)

February 14, 2012

“Now I wanna be your dog”

10 word description: Guide your intrepid pups as they dig through the earth. (Lifted verbatim from app store description.)

The dogs only dig for the first inch, then it's all up to you

10 word review: Mostly enjoyable digging and collecting; screen view sometimes becomes annoying.

Good advice, in life as in videogames. Unless you're Super Mario

You will like this if you enjoy: The digging type puzzles in Where’s My Water?

In a completely unexpected turn of events, you have to collect gold coins!

The good news: Graphics are good, sounds are also ok. The digging (done by your finger, not by the dogs) works well, pretty much the same principle as in Where’s My Water? Plenty of levels, lots of enemies and additional puzzle elements.

Whoa, too many mushrooms, man. Stop it. Stop it now

The bad news: It can become rather fiddly at times. Levels often feel claustrophobic and the slow tilt-to-scroll method of viewing more of the surrounding area is a bit of a hindrance.

Yes, the icicles are dangerous

Arcadelife verdict: Employing the basic digging/tunnelling mechanic of Where’s My Water?, this game tries very hard to match the cuteness but also introduces a higher level of difficulty and frustration, making the game a bit too punishing to get top marks for fun. It’s a good game, but I’m not sure the prevalent use of tilting has improved the fundamental gameplay. Ultimately, it’s a decent physics puzzle game with plenty of appeal. If you had fun with the way the digging worked in Where’s My Water?, you will probably enjoy this game too.

Collecting the chest involves a panic inducing tilt-fest that is most likely to end in disaster

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 7.5/10
Controls – 8/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 7.5/10
Final rating – 78/100

Rating categories explained here.

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.02
iTunes link

Chillingo / Diggin’ Dogs website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
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