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The Lorax HD review (iPad)

August 14, 2012

“Feels like I’m stuck in a movie”

10 word description: Lorax movie tie-in marshmallow rescuing physics puzzler. Game Center.

10 word review: Short but sweet (Argh, I really hate myself for that).

You will like this if you enjoy: Tumbledrop, and all the other iOS games where you have to remove various objects while saving or stacking other objects.

The good news: Visually quite appealing. Addictive enough for me to play through all 40 levels before writing the review. Music (I assume from the film) is not bad, sound effects are decent too.

The bad news: It’s quite short, but then it’s a free game to advertise a film. Also a bit too easy, but then it’s probably more aimed at young children than hardcore extreme gamers.

Arcadelife verdict: Considering it’s a free game tied to an animated film, this is really quite good. The physics, while not brain-meltingly incredible, are functionally satisfactory and the toppling, sliding, bouncy and sticky objects all behave the way you would expect them to. If you’re even remotely capable of playing this kind of physics puzzler, you will get through all the levels quite quickly, easily under half an hour.

If I wanted to be unnecessarily cynical, I would assume that Miniclip had a half-finished physics puzzle game lying around and they just stuck a Lorax background on it, added a couple of characters to the interface and dumped it onto the app store. A platform adventure game would have been perfect with the characters and environments from the film (based on what I’ve seen in the trailer) but that probably would have involved way too much time and effort.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 7.5/10
Controls – 8/10
Content – 6/10
Fun – 7.5/10
Final rating – 75/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.2
iTunes link

Miniclip / Lorax website link

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