Dec 2, 2014

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Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace Review

Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace Review

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Mobile games, unless developed by some of the bigger and more known companies, tend to offer something on the lighter end of gameplay and storywise. This is not a bad idea for such titles as most who play on their mobile devices like the quick pick-up-and-play aaccessibility But even if it’s good for those on-the-go, a game needs to offer something to keep gamers hooked. Bulkypix’s Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace tries to deliver a humorous adventure. But does it soar to new heights or fall short?

The gameplay portion of Ace Ferrara is simple enough to pick up. While most might wish for more of a challenge (even on the harder difficulty), the simplistic controls make me feel like it will appeal to even the younger players. You use the screen to steer your ship. You can swipe to the left or right to change the course of your ship as well as avoid some of the obstacles in your way. Though there is no ability to fly up and over or down and under, it doesn’t hurt the game much.

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The game is broken up into missions that range from something as easy as protecting a shipment of coffee to getting into the firefight of good versus the Rex. Who are the Rex? They just so happen to be talking dinosaurs hellbent on war against mankind. Though Ace Ferrara starts out as the newest intern for the Proton Riders, he quickly moves up in rank. The story and cast are silly but that is one of my favorite things from Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace. From the cardboard-wearing Prince Desastor and his more villainous sister to the crew of the Discordia, the quirky cast does feel like something you’d find in an 80′s cartoon universe (the universe that the game is actually set in). The writing is well-written and if you only play this game for the story, you will get your money’s worth.

As this is set in an 80′s cartoon universe, the graphic style is pretty spot-on. It’s colorful and the characters do stand out from each other. When it comes time to go into space, the scenery is well done and doesn’t seem cluttered with unnecessary objects. The lack of vocal tracks doesn’t detract from the game as it allows the catchy soundtrack to shine. Though, I would love to know how both Genghis and Prince Desastor sound.

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Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace can be played in short bursts which is always a great thing for those who enjoy playing on the go or want something quick and easy to pass the time. If you beat the title on the easiest difficulty, there is no real reason to play on the harder one.

Though the more casual and younger players will likely enjoy the simple gameplay, others will be left wanting more. Priced at $2.99 for iOS and $2.29 on Google Play, Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace is worth giving a shot. Especially considering the lack of IAP (or In-app Purchases) seen in Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace.

Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace
Platform: iPad (reviewed), iPhone, iPod Touch, Android
Genre: Shooter
Release Date: August 21, 2014
Developer: Phillip Seifried
Publisher: BulkyPix
ESRB Rating: 9+ for cartoon violence
MSRP: $2.99 (iOS), $2.29 (Google Play)


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