Bullet Pea review (iOS / Universal)

April 19, 2014

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10 word description: Retro platformer. 15 levels. 4 game modes. 25 GC achievements.

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10 word review: Tight, fun touch-screen platformer. A true hidden gem.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Retro platformers. Bugaboo The Flea (wikipedia link).

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The good news: Innovative and dependable control method, more like the kind you would expect in a golf game but it works well here. Good level design. Varied level graphics. Four different and consistently entertaining game modes. Lots of achievements and 180 collectible jigsaw pieces. No IAPs.

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The bad news: It will probably go unnoticed and sell maybe 3 copies, despite anything I say about how good it is.

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Arcadelife verdict: This is a great platform game with a control method that avoids d-pads, buttons and tilting. The default mode is great and the game would have been fine with just that one mode; the inclusion of three additional modes (with nothing requiring an IAP to unlock) is wonderful.

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Predator mode is the one that most reminded me of Bugaboo The Flea, with each level being patrolled by a bloody great Cthulhu looking head, a massive insect or some other floating monster. If you beat three levels of that mode, you get a chase mode where an evil twin chases you around each level, killing you if it touches you. The final mode is a time trial that I have to admit I haven’t unlocked yet.

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Overall – Bullet Pea is a very cool game and you should get it.

Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 8/10
Visuals – 7.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 8.5/10


Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.1
iTunes link
Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
5th gen iPod Touch (iOS 7.1)
4th gen iPad (iOS 7.1)
This review was typed on a Das Keyboard Model S mechanical keyboard – check them out, they’re really rather groovy.

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