Little Acorns Review
- The swinging mechanic adds some fun to the levels.
- The soundtrack is constantly punctuated by funky riffs.
- The game takes too long to introduce its elements and get going.
- Level design leads to a lot of pointless backtracking.
A platformer that one can play in short bursts that has some interesting ideas, but ultimately comes off as being a bit bland.
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Little Acorns has a simple premise. Your family of squirrels has returned from an outing to discover that your acorn stash has been pinched by thieving raccoons! Knowing that one should never let a raccoon get away with this sort of thing, and as the head of your squirrely household, you must traverse across the years and seasons to re-obtain what is rightfully yours.
This is what one might call a bite-sized platformer. Each level only takes a couple minutes to complete and is its own closed little vertical playground. Think Bubble Bobble or Rainbow Islands. You have a set time limit to collect all the acorns and get to the exit, and then if you're feeling adventurous, you can go back and collect the five pieces of fruit that have just appeared in the level. Collecting the fruit will unlock a piece of apparel that you can customize your squirrel with, and adds some extra visual flair to the already stylized graphics.
Mr. Nibbles is controlled by three buttons. Left, right, and jump. Once the rope is introduced, jumping within range of one of the designated swinging zones will allow to swing through the air, adding an extra fun mechanic to your acorn collecting (which is needed to reach certain platforms). As well as swinging, there are power-ups such as super jump, super speed, and a crash helmet that will destroy your enemies when you headbutt them with it. One other interesting addition is that getting hit by a spider or bee does not equal death. You turn green and slow down momentarily, treating the whole affair as a mild inconvenience as the clock ticks down. While this removes some frustration, it does make avoiding the enemies not as important as it probably should be.
And all in all, the game really is not as fun as it probably should be. Unless you're collecting fruit, the timer never seems to be a grave concern, and the levels more often than not feel uninspired. It's a shame cause the game controls well, has a great visual style and players should enjoy the funk overtones of the soundtrack. Little Acorns has done a lot right, so the flat feeling the game left us with makes one wonder just what could have been.
Description"I have no negative comments regarding Little Acorns." — App-Score, 10/10
"There is nothing not to like about Little Acorns." — 148Apps, 4/5
"The all-around quality of Little Acorns makes it a must-own for fans of 2D platformers – and pretty much anyone who enjoy iOS gaming." — AppTudes, 4.5/5
"...a most enjoyable platform gamimg experience." — Crazy Mike's Apps
"I found myself waking up this morning reaching for my iPhone not to turn my alarm off, but to try and complete a level I had been stuck on the night before." — AppPicker, 5/5
"With its quirky and wonderful graphics, relaxing game mechanic and simple yet effective control system, Little Acorns, has me going nuts (in a good way)." — AppAdvice
Guide Mr. Nibbles the acorn hoarding squirrel through a variety of levels in this charming platforming adventure. Collect the acorns scattered around each zone to stock up for winter. Featuring super simple controls, a variety of game mechanics with a cute and lovable look, Little Acorns is an adventure that is completely at home on iOS.
• LITTLE ACORNS...BIG GAME
Little Acorns features 60 cleverly designed levels to explore! Spread out over 4 seasons and 3 years, you'll be hunting nuts for hours on end!
• SEASONED GAMEPLAY
Fluid, simple platforming controls that mean players of all skills can enjoy this captivating adventure. With classic platformer gameplay, mixed with a modern visual style, you'd be nuts not to love it.
• SQUIRREL POWER!
Collect power-ups to save time and grab high scores including a time stopping clock and an invulnerability crash helmet. Dodge or defeat a variety of enemies including dopey caterpillars and hanging spiders on your way to collecting all the acorns and fruit in the game!
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What's New in Version 1.0.1- Added a cool new icon
- Level tweaks and tuning