Bank Job Review
- Charming presentation; clean, simple cartoonish 3D visuals.
- Hats act as both an incentive and a reward.
- Passive playing can lead to long, boring, yet profitable runs; no real major incentives for risky play despite obvious risk vs. reward design.
- Store doesn't show your current cash; hard to weigh up your choices.
Bank Job is an intriguing auto-runner, but somewhat lacking in long-term incentives to keep you coming back time and again.
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Aussie developer Screwtape Studios aren't exactly new to the iOS scene, but you'd be forgiven for thinking they'd been around for much longer considering the quality of Bank Job's presentation. While it may be a relatively basic endless auto-runner, there's an undeniable charm to Paulie Barbosa's thieving antics.
Your job is that of scarpering off with as much loot as possible, while avoiding the many traps (and bombs) that line the corridors of the bank you're inside. The controls couldn't be simpler as they only require you to tap or hold the screen to either switch to the corridor above/below or avoid a trap respectively. Gems, bundles of cash and piggy-banks alike will bounce along, so you'll need to expose yourself to grab them, but bombs can be mixed amongst them, so you'll need to balance your greed with prudence.
You're also given a chance before a Game Over, with Paulie gaining an exclamation mark over his head once he has taken some damage. Passing through a checkpoint to 'bank' your loot will remove the mark, but these only appear in the bank itself. To understand why this may not be the best course of action you need only find a ladder and take to the sewers below the bank where loot is plentiful and traps are deadly. It's a risk-versus-reward scenario that will require fine-tuned timing to exploit.
Your reward for diligent collection of loot is access to various 'hats', each of which impart a special effect on Paulie for a single run. Unfortunately the cost of these hats can be excessive, but if you're skilled enough you can make up for the cost by earning significantly more loot on these individual runs.
For now that's all there is to Bank Job - it's simple, fast and fun, especially once you can afford to get hats involved. With any luck the game will add more depth and replay value through variety thanks to power-ups or better rewards for its 'mini-missions', but until then it remains a well-presented distraction for you to enjoy.
Description* Nominated for IGN's Australian game of the year 2012.
* Nominated for SlideDB's Mobile game of the year 2012.
Bank Job is a challenging, fast paced, running game that is easy to pick up and play and has a unique toon inspired style.
Help bungled burglar, Paulie Barbosa, escape the high security vaults while collecting as much loot as possible. The more traps you can pass without hiding, the bigger the reward you'll get. Climb up and down between the vaults and sewers all while avoiding high-tech security lasers, spikes, anvils and spinning grinders.
Use the latest in hat fashion to help Paulie make a clean getaway. Want to make some big runs? Just use the Viking Helm to scare the traps into deactivation. Want to make every piece of loot count? Wear the crown and take the risk out of collecting. Are you a bit of a gambler? Put on the poker hat and choose a card to multiply your haul by up to five times! These, and many other hats will make you the perfect bank robber!
Every run you'll be presented with a challenge, if it's easy you can bet big and hope you make it. If you lose though, all that loot will go back to the bank.
"As far as Endless runners goes, Bank Job is easily one of the more original feeling titles and I definitely recommend it for fans of this genre." - App Store Arcade 8/10
"There is also a great stats page which you can view after your round, you can see your achievements, and online leaderboard results. The game UI and graphics really have a high quality look." - HotMacApp.com 4/5
"The best feature of the game however, is clearly the sound track. Combined with the general early century mood, the music is a perfect fit, creating a nearly tangible atmosphere, that I for one absolutely loved. " - www.iphone-games-review.com 4/5
"The game has some of the best music and art we've seen produced in the indie iOS scene here in Australia, and gives last week's awesome title, Monstaaa!, a real run for its polished money! " - Ausgamers.com
"The graphics are vibrant, colourful and sharp. The jazzy sounds had me nodding my head. The gameplay is pretty solid and it will keep you busy. " - iphoneglance.com 4/5
"You can't beat a good side-scrolling platformer, and Bank Job is our new favourite — and not just because the action is genuinely challenging" -cnet.com.au
What's New in Version 1.4- Complete overhaul of the game
- Added "Wagers"
- Redesign of UI
- Better value IAP's
- Enhanced social integration
- Bug Fixes