Slug Bugs Review
- Fun cartoonish style; backgrounds shift and change as levels progress.
- 3D audio allows you to go beyond your visual reaction speed.
- Broad device support (only those with first gen iPhone/iPod and iPhone 3G devices miss out).
- Repetitive challenge; a common pitfall for whack-a-mole titles.
3D audio in a whack-a-mole style game? Yup, Slug Bugs manages to turn a childhood game in to something far more engaging through its natural sounding audio, making you feel like a speed demon as you tap cars almost as soon as they appear.
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I'd be surprised if you haven't played 'Punch Buggy' at least once in your life, be it seriously as a kid or for a laugh as a teen or an adult. If you're not familiar with the children's game, the basic idea is to punch someone's arm on sighting a VW Beetle while saying 'Punch Buggy!'. There are variants, but it's a fun (if painful) way to pass time on long road trips. Slug Bugs by 'Action = Reaction Labs' converts the kid's classic in to a whack-a-mole style game, but with an interesting twist - it uses binaural audio.
Recently 'Papa Sangre' showed off one of the potential uses of 3D audio, creating a first-person adventure without the use of graphics (almost like a text-parsed adventure game, but taking place inside your head instead). It's an exciting tool, but a resource intensive one too, making it hard to encorporate in most titles.
As such it's no surprise that Slug Bugs is such a simple game, with players taking stabs at Volkswagon vehicles while avoiding the police. Bonuses are awarded for chains and hitting multiple cars at the same time, but you'll need to be careful as you only get three 'misses' before getting a game over. Keeping track of incoming cars is a snap thanks to the use of the developers 'Ghost 3D Audio' system and despite the game speeding up considerably you should be able to react with speed and accuracy.
While it may be odd to include '3D audio' in such a basic title, the result is something far more engaging than merely tapping over and over, making this a great pick up for casual and younger gamers after something out of the ordinary.
Description* With over 91,097 players worldwide so far
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Slug the Bugs and punch the buggies! Hear the cars speed past you and immerse yourself in thrilling 360-degree audio. Just don't slug the cops!
Ghost 3D Audio creates an unreal experience that reaches beyond your headphones. You'll get addicted to this simple, yet devilishly fast-paced game.
Watch an entire town spring up as you advance through the game! Rolling hills and mansions complete the cartoon themed city so adorable, you'll want to live there.
Features 3 game modes, including:
Combos Mode: Slug multiple bugs at the same time to test your coordination skills.
Classic Mode: An all out slug-fest where you need to keep slugging to stay alive!
Kids Mode: A simpler, happier world where it's all about cruising and enjoying life.
"A visually incredible title, Slug Bugs is definitely recommended for anyone that loves Fruit Ninja but is tired of slicing melons and oranges in half." -- Slide Gamer
Slug Bugs runs on the following:
• iPod Touch 2nd, 3rd, 4th Gen
• iPhone 3GS
• iPhone 4 and up
• iPad & iPad2 and up
(Note: Does not support iPhone 3G or earlier, or 1st Gen iPod)