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Bouncer Boot Out Review

By , on January 12, 2011


Bouncer Boot Out
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Easy to learn controls and smooth difficulty progression.
  • Fun, clean art style.
  • Unique musical style for each venue. 

CONS

  • Quick to finish; little replay incentive.
  • Occasional minor control issues.

VERDICT

Bouncer Boot Out earns a lot of street-cred by including the Mana Bar in its game, but once you reach this venue the game is all but ended unless you're a very self-competitive individual.


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In the first iOS outing for Brisbane based developer 5th World Media, you get to try your hand at punting people out of a queue as the resident super-bouncer extraordinaire. It's a thankless job, but learning who should and shouldn't make it in to the club will ensure that everyone inside remains happy, so someone has to do it.

'Booting' people out of the line is as simple as flicking the character with your finger, however much like a real queue, as soon as a space is created people will flood to fill it up. This makes flicking individual characters dangerous as you risk speeding up the line to a point that quickly becomes unmanageable (not to mention the low score you'll end up with). To solve this problem you can also push people back in the queue and once several people you want to kick out are lined up they can be grouped and punted out together, rewarding combo points in the process. Just keep an eye out for the 'innocent' little girl that wanders past as you'll lose your job (game over) if she makes it in to the club.

Once you perfect your combo skills the earlier levels are a snap to breeze through, but the game can still throw you for a loop as there are currently 30 unique (and amusingly designed) characters to learn. Australian gamers will also be familiar with the final unlockable location and appropriately the game flips on its head to make things even harder. Unlocking levels also makes them available in an endless mode to compete for high-scores, but online score-boards are surprisingly absent.

Unfortunately this isn't the only problem with the game as swapping people in the queue isn't always accurate (trading the wrong people and earning you a penalty in the process) and the lack of a shareable high-score or skill-based gameplay makes it hard to justify replaying the game once you've unlocked all the clubs.

Bouncer Boot Out is, more than anything else, a great showcase of the developer's creative skills, but the core gameplay fails to excite for longer than it takes to finish; worth checking out, but you'll soon give it the boot as well.

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Comments

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 6 months ago

:O There's a pikachu at 1:18 =D

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 6 months ago

On the sign

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flaming_frosty 3 years, 6 months ago

I really like this game, played it all day at work today. Read somewhere updates will add online scoreboards with openfeint n stuff. I wish more games had awesome wacky art like this tho! Fun to look at.
Great review. Music was a big plus for me as well, and not just the variety; it didn't make my ears bleed like some other games I won't mention.
 
Played on iPhone 4.

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flaming_frosty 3 years, 6 months ago

I really like this game, played it all day at work today. Read somewhere updates will add online scoreboards with openfeint n stuff. I wish more games had awesome wacky art like this tho! Fun to look at.
Great review. Music was a big plus for me as well, and not just the variety; it didn't make my ears bleed like some other games I won't mention.
 
Played on iPhone 4.