Bumpy Road Review
- Unique controls; shift the world to move the vehicle.
- Breadcrumb story; keeps you coming back for more.
- Alternate 'Sunday Drive' mode; mixes things up with a short timed game.
- Gorgeous aesthetics; carefully chosen sound-effects really add to the experience.
- Challenging to master; sensitive controls make minor adjustments difficult without practice.
While some developers explore how to bring a console experience to the App Store, Bumpy Road by Simogo explores the short arcade-like experience to make something engaging and engrossing.
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Developer Simogo is no stranger to creating addictive high-score titles, having already captured people's attention with the charming Kosmo Spin and their latest release Bumpy Road shows no signs of letting up on this trend. A unique control system isn't the only thing that makes this game worth picking up as players are treated to a rich world of sights and sounds with story breadcrumbs to keep you coming back for more.
At its core, Bumpy Road is another endless platformer, but players control the world itself instead of the vehicle and its passengers. Touching the screen will push up the blocks, allowing you to push the little car around as though surfing on a wave. It's not an easy mechanic to master, but there-in lies part of the fun as you attempt to push and punt the car around the screen, jumping rivers; flipping switches; and avoiding traps in order to survive. Various 'gizmos' also need to be collected in order to fuel the vehicle under your care, with a bonus mode being activated if you manage to fill up the tank in the process.
The overall aesthetic of Bumpy Road is nothing short of fantastic, with simple touches like a tinkling sound-effect as you swipe across the screen helping to highlight the game's fun, casual style. Collectable images also act as an incentive to dive further and further, contributing to a mini-narrative surrounding the couple you're protecting.
For those after something a little less stressful (if you can even call the game stressful at all!) a 'Sunday Drive' mode removes all the traps in favor of a short timed run filled with speed boosts to test your ability to control the car with precision.
While some may balk at 'yet another' endless platformer, Bumpy Road shows there's a lot of space left to explore in the genre. It's worth grabbing Bumpy Road for the gameplay alone, but its charm will keep you coming back for more.
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A love story on four wheels!
Spring is here and a couple in their autumn years have decided to go for a ride in their car just like in the old days. Bump the road with a simple touch to safely guide them on their trip and help them collect the memories of their past.
- A new and unique control method - Use the touchscreen to modify the ground and push the characters around.
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- Travel as far as you can in ”Evergreen Ride” or beat your best time in ”Sunday Trip”. Then sit back and relax as you enjoy the story in ”Memory Lane”.
Chosen by Apple as Game of the Week!
”Bumpy Road is one of the best purchases I’ve made on the app store. Not just because the gameplay has a hook unlike anything I’ve played on an iOS device, but also because it’s got a fantastic aesthetic.” - IGN.com (9/10 Editor's Choice)
”While Bumpy Road is indeed a solid high scoring game, it’s the peripheral elements that transcend it from being merely a well-made video game to an unforgettable experience ... if you like high scoring games or touching works of art, then you won’t want to miss Bumpy Road ” - Toucharcade.com
"Must Have" - Slidetoplay.com (4/4)
” ... playing it means feeling love, not love for the designers or the medium or the state of being meaningfully distracted or the sense of communion with everyone who does this or even the game itself, but love. The feeling of love.” - Killscreendaily.com