Beat the Bullies review (iOS / Universal)

May 30, 2012

“Well the Snowman will make you happy…”

10 word description: “Jump around with a bouncing flame by tapping the screen” – copied from the app store description.

Earn extra “bash through the red platforms” skill points by collecting the small yellow fireball things

10 word review: Surprisingly entertaining and addictive puzzle/platform game. Well worth playing.

Charge into penguins to knock them back

You will like this if you enjoy: Furmins is close in concept, with the combination of item placement and then a fair amount of player interaction while the main character is navigating the screen. In my opinion this game is much more fun than Furmins, despite the far simpler graphics and lack of hype.

The good news: Simple but clear and colourful cartoon graphics. Puzzle elements, level design and control method are all very good and work well together. Plenty of levels. Challenging 3-star ratings don’t affect game progress. A lot of fun; levels can be solved in different ways.

You can draw up to 3 additional platforms before starting a level. They can be any length

The bad news: I don’t know who comes up with these misleading and frankly crap game names, but they need to stop. Hell, even Angry Snowmen would have been better. Pee’d off Penguins. Frozen Fireballs. Platform Game With Some Snow. Anything else, really, but not Beat the Bullies.

You can float in bubbles. No, really

Arcadelife verdict: In spite of the massive handicap inflicted by the terrible name, this game is really rather good. I tried the first level, thought it seemed a bit simplistic, with a clumsy control method, then I did level 2 and got into it. Next thing I knew, I’d completed the first world (24 levels) and was eager to push on and do more, and more. It isn’t simplistic and the control method is not clumsy. Levels that initially appear impossible can often be solved by imaginative use of the extra platforms (drawn with your finger) and some clever jumping. I didn’t get the feeling that there was always just one perfect way to beat a level, and that’s a great quality in this type of puzzler.

I’d suggest taking a break from whatever platform/physics/puzzle game you’re currently playing and have a go at this one. Chances are, you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 7.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 85/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.2
iTunes link

Red Key Blue Key website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

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