Crazy Escape Review
When you browse Apple’s iTunes App Store, one of the few things you notice is how many of the games seem to be very similar to each other. Now, I’m not complaining about the many Angry Birds-like games as the genre is a fun one. But Crazy Escape strays from following in other games’ footsteps and presents an unique style. I mean, who wouldn’t love a game where you help a couple of penguins save sheep from the terrors of the wolves?
The story doesn’t say how our penguin pals became friends with the sheep they intend to rescue, but I don’t think it hurts being left out. You control two penguins as they race along a road created by you in hopes of snatching stars, sheep, and keys to unlock certain sheep, mindful of the wolves prowling the levels and the leader who is on your tail. They are not the only obstacles on your path. You have some that are good to run into (fences) and ones you need to avoid (trees). The slippery mud is one that you have to be careful when maneuvering in, as you can’t always avoid it, but one mistake can send the penguin duo flying out of their jeep.
The levels start out simple and easy, but the further you get into the game, the more difficult they can get. With over 90 different levels across a variety of terrains, players shouldn’t tire of seeing the same levels over and over. The gameplay takes advantage of the drawing mechanics of the touch-based devices. Where many drawing games lack the correct amount of sensitivity, Crazy Escape excels in providing the right amount of control and precision. Wherever your finger moves across the screen, the line will appear. The only times this can prove to be a problem is when your finger blocks an obstacle from view or you shift the device in your hand.
One thing that really made Crazy Escape appeal to me was the cutesy graphics. Even the big bad wolves are hard to resist, and two penguins in a jeep is adorable. The colors are vibrant and crisp. The menu’s music is catchy, and the sound effects are funny. Birds chirp in the background as the car vrooms to catch each baaing sheep. If you run into the wolf leader, the sounds of a fight will break out. When you’ve successfully complete a level, penguins give a “woo-hoo” as they bounce up on the screen with a sheep in the back.
Overall, Crazy Escape is a pleasant escape from the many clones of games you can find in the App Store. The levels are fast-paced which is great for casual gamers who like to only play for a few minutes at a time or those who might not have a lot of time on their hands. At the low price of $ .99, gamers can’t go wrong with picking this game up.
|Platform: iPhone (Reviewed), iPad|
Release Date: Nov 2, 2011
ESRB Rating: 4+
MSRP: $ .99