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Animals on Board Review

By , on November 18, 2010


Animals on Board
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Simple, fun gameplay for all ages.
  • Unlockable animals to add to the challenge.
  • Amusing sound effects.

CONS

  • Bland visuals; poor menu navigation.
  • Extended games lack depth or variation.

VERDICT

Animals on Board is definitely easy to recommend to younger audiences after a distraction, but the lack of depth to the gameplay can make it harder for adults to remain enthused.


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Noah is in a rush to get his job done and in Animals on Board by Meteor Creations you'll need to help him to pack the Ark full of creatures. The catch is that you'll need to keep things balanced as the Ark isn't quite large enough to hold all the creatures, but thanks to divine strength and what seems like super-glue coated animals, you might just get the job done.

Throwing animals on board the Ark requires you to drag and set the aim and power of the throw you're about to make. This is complicated by the weight of the animals you're throwing, requiring more or less power appropriately, while the shape of the animals themselves also present minor obstacles to avoid. The system is loose and floaty, making it hard to judge most throws, but thanks to the insane sticking action of each animal you only require small variations in power to keep things relatively balanced.

Additionally, should two animals of the same type touch you'll get a shower of 'babies' to help fill the Ark and barring some poor placement they help to fill the gaps in your otherwise tenuous structure. Also, predators are capable of eating animals on the stack and while this is helpful for balancing the stack, poor placement can make it very difficult to progress.

Beyond the initial amusement of piling the animals, it's hard to enjoy Animals on Board for an extended period of time as the challenge never really changes. Players enjoying the game can unlock additional creatures to add more variety, but it's a small concession considering the time required to obtain them. Animals on Board may be amusing, but it's an average arcade experience that's easy to put back down.

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Comments

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marvalous 4 years ago

yes, you're right!
i bought it saturday night and played the whole sunday.
i wonder if i should use gamecenter. ;_^

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Kshatriya 4 years ago

Nice to see it on Appspy. I picked it up and am finding it's a nice pickup and play game.
The physics engine is kinda cool with the animals sticking and bending.
I recommend this for casual gamers who like a challenge.