AlexPanda HD Review
- Cute visual style; smooth, vibrantly colorful designs.
- Easy to pick up and play.
- Physics at odds with the gameplay; rubber-band tether adds more frustration than challenge.
- Odd collision detection; hard to rely on visual cues.
- Limited content; premium purchase for demo content.
If you can dedicate some time to working out its quirky physics, AlexPanda can be a fun game, but being provided with no other choice but an an in-app purchase to unlock the rest of the content is mercenary on a level not quite yet seen on the App Store.
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Don't be fooled by its cute exterior - AlexPanda by Lakoo is the video game equivalent of a weapon designed for the soul-purpose of getting you to whip out your wallet. Should you take the plunge in to this cute, vibrantly presented arcade challenge, you'll need to take on the task of rescuing AlexPanda by dragging him through numerous hazards to the safe location on each level.
Things start out easily enough as your panda is manipulated by touching and dragging him around the screen. An energy bar quickly depletes while you're holding him, regenerating while your finger is off the screen, adding a touch of skill to the gameplay in trying to juggle AlexPanda mid-air to regenerate energy without killing him. Sadly this is made all the more difficult by a physics system that drags the panda via a 'rubber band'-like effect and quick maneuvers are punished swiftly as he careens in to various deadly traps. Not satisfied that it's difficult enough? Try juggling Alex while avoiding touching anything while also dealing with a collision detection system that doesn't make any sense as some objects and enemies require full contact while others merely sneeze in your direction to make you die.
The frustration can be quickly compounded if you have a compulsion to finish the levels with its equivalent of '3-stars', however levels can be completed by simply placing AlexPanda on the exit. This does have the unfortunate side-effect of cutting the game short at 20 levels, but should you be willing to fork out even more cash you can unlock additional levels.
The mercenary way in which you're forced to pay even more to get the full amount of content despite having already paid a premium for what is essentially only a demo covering the first area leaves a distinctly bitter taste. It's an odd way to treat the customer when the gameplay is already questionable, making it a hard game to recommend to anyone without realizing its full cost before jumping in.
Description#1 Games in Hong Kong and Italia, Top 25 Games in China, Taiwan and many more!
Simple but addictive, drag AlexPanda to the destination while evading all the dangers. Supports Game Center.
"Always wanted to chuck a panda around near flames and spikes… and now you can too." - AppVader
"Fun, addictive, cute, casual pick up and play game with outstanding lush graphics and cool music to boot. 80 levels with more coming, so you certainly won't get bored anytime soon. Move over birds i think this Panda wants to play with you and take your place." - iPhonegamerUK
"AlexPanda is addicting and gives u something that just makes you wanna play it again and again. I really like the storyline about a panda named Alex, who fell down a plane, and it's now your job to help him back to civilization." - Tommy, CB Tester
"I like this game, because it's simple but very addictive :) " - Kevin, CB Tester
Poor Alex the Panda is having his flight trip to Hawaii but accidentally drops out of the plane to a deserted tropical island. Alex is too lazy to escape, so you are the only one that can help him to survive through all kinds of dangers!
AlexPanda HD supports iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. If you have made up your mind to help Alex for the greatest challenge of his life, download now to play all the 100 stages. Alex is more than happy to have your help!
I AM LAZY!
Alex just doesn't realize how desperate he is on this island. Drag him back and forth to finish every stage to keep him safe while getting to the destination. Alex is innocent, maybe a bit naive, but you'd better remind him of all the dangers in this terrible world.
Challenge the World
Get higher scores of the stage by getting more flowers. Every time you finish a stage, you'll get your score and you can compare with the global best score. Help Alex as quickly as possible to beat the record!
Time to be Creative
Hidden flowers and creative techniques are everywhere in the game for you to explore. In a place full of uncertainties, considering how grave a helpless panda is. Try every method you can imagine to get Alex moving safely.
Enjoy the music by My Little Airport, a Hong Kong Indie band. :)
Also, check out AlexPanda (supporting iPhone and iPod Touch) by http://itunes.apple.com/app/alexpanda/id433078010
Read all about AlexPanda at: http://lakoo.com/games/alexpanda
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