Coco Loco review (iOS / Universal)

March 28, 2012

“Going loco, down in Acapulco…”

10 word description: Projectile physics puzzler; 75 3-star challenge levels. Game Center.

10 word review: Fairly interesting Angry Birds imitator, but still the same game.

Blocks explode and there are numbers all over the place, but so what?

You will like this if you enjoy: The very familiar gameplay of Angry Birds / Crush the Castle. Any game that has currently popular fluid physics and cute characters.

The good news: It’s a hell of a lot better than I’m making it sound. It looks very nice and the water/jelly fluid effects are excellent. Plenty of levels, now with another 15 added in update 1.04.

The bad news: It’s only ever going to be compared to Angry Birds and, as such, will have trouble making an impression as a game in its own right. Too serious and cynical? Maybe, but just have a look at the app store reviews if you don’t believe me. My own personal gripe with these games – you play a level over and over until you get it “just right” (3-stars), move on and forget all about it. I’m still not completely sure whether that’s fun or a chore.

Yes, I got 3 stars on all the levels. But did I have fun doing it and does that really matter?

Arcadelife verdict: It’s flashy, pretty, there’s liquid splattering all over the place and it’s all rather forgettable. I don’t feel a burning desire to keep playing it, although what is there is technically very impressive and hard to fault as an example of how to take the Angry Birds model and add popular fluid physics into the puzzles. A lot more could have been done with the component parts of this game, rather than just an obvious AB imitation, but that’s how it is with 90% of the games on the app store and my opinion is hardly going to change that, is it?

Ultimately, if you take a one-trick pony and give him a pink neon saddle and flashing hooves, most people will still see that he’s the same old one-trick pony.

It's all fluid physics and exploding stuff, but there's virtually zero opportunity to think laterally or solve a puzzle in any way other than the rigidly prescribed 3-star method.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 8/10
Controls – 8/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 5/10
Final rating – 75/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.04
iTunes link

Chillingo website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 5.0.1)

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