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iBumpy Galaxy Review

By , on March 8, 2010


iBumpy Galaxy
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Interesting take on the puzzle-platformer.

CONS

  • Sticky virtual controls.
  • Rough 2D graphical design.

VERDICT

If nothing else, iBumpy Galaxy is worth checking out while it remains initially free and despite its not-quite-average gameplay there's a glimmer of fun to dig out here.


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iBumpy Galaxy by Ivanovich is a puzzle platformer that's not exactly easy get excited about. As a free game it's hard to complain about the basic gameplay, but when you're asked to pony up the cash for the remaining levels any issues you have with the gameplay start to look like serious flaws.

To be fair to iBumpy, it's a very basic concept - collect as many objects in each level as you can and reach the exit. The faster you do this with the maximum amount of items, the better your final score and awarded medal. Navigating the levels is fairly simple, with virtual buttons to move left, right and jump. The puzzle aspect of the game comes in working out the most efficient way to navigate around each level's series of traps, such as spikes, falling platforms and sticky surfaces, though the controls can be frustrating with noticeable delays in button recognition.

Much of the game's artwork is hand-drawn 2D with rainbow explosions of special effects overlaying it. The artwork may be excessively cartoonish, but keeps gamers clearly aware of the gaming tropes used for each of the level's puzzles. OpenFeint is used to share highscores and track achievements, though the challenges are minimal. iTunes is supported for background music and heartily recommended.

From the rough controls to the gaudy design iBumpy may not inspire gamers to open their wallets, but its free content is amusing, if only for a little while.

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