Super Lemonade Factory Review
- Detailed and immersive pixel art coupled with catchy chiptune music.
- A unifying theme for the menus.
- Interesting premise.
- While well made, the music does seem to be at odds with the type of game this is.
- Gameplay is kind of bland.
Despite the immaculate presentation, Super Lemonade Factory never truly excites with its Lost Vikings-esque gameplay.
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Sometimes a game doesn't click with you no matter how amazingly it's presented, and let's not mince words, Super Lemonade Factory is immaculately presented. From the detailed low fidelity pixel art to the groovy chiptune soundtrack, all the way to the intriguing story filled with interesting characters. The thing is though that every aspect of a game needs to work in tandem to deliver a memorable and enjoyable gaming experience and in the gameplay department, at least for us at AppSpy, Super Lemonade Factory falls a little short. Let's explore this.
The game is like a simple version of the 'Lost Vikings' formula. Both Andre and Liselot need to reach the exit in each stage. They both have different skills and need to work in tandem to achieve the end goal. Andre can dash through giant crates, while Liselot, can not only double jump, but talk to the factory workers who are trying to impede your progress. Talking with them can reveal interesting insights into the overall story and the characters, but at the end of the day, touching them will still knock you back to a checkpoint or make you restart the level.
The game is controlled via on screen buttons and swiping across the screen will change from Andre to Liselot and vice versa. To traverse the level more quickly, you can also down swipe to piggy back along, although both characters can not use their signature moves while piggybacking.
The premise is solid enough, but it feels like instead of making the most of what Andre and Liselot can do, the levels seem to be going through the motions. Blocks pushed off a ledge to use as a stepping stone, elevators with spike walls, most everything is something that we as gamers have seen hundreds of times, and it makes the experience of traversing through this World War Two time stamped exploration of labor and love not what it could have been. Again, this is just our impressions, and to a vast majority of gamers this style of game could be fresh and engaging, and if so, there's no reason not to give Super Lemonade Factory a try.
DescriptionSuper Lemonade Factory uses Twitter and Facebook integration and runs on iOS 6 only.
AppSpy - "let's not mince words, Super Lemonade Factory is immaculately presented."
iFanzine - "Like a good indie film, Lemonade benefits from its low budget feel because technical simplicity has shifted the developer’s focus onto what matters most."
Kotaku - "a gorgeous little game "
PocketGamer.co.uk - "dripping with retro charm"
RocketChainsaw.com - "awesome pixel art and animation"
Touch Arcade - "Boy are these guys shooting for some artsy-fartsy stuff"
HoldStartSelect.com - "Classic platform action, wonderful presentation, and great replay value"
Game Beholder - "Charming as hell"
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Post World War II, a region in political turmoil. Andre’s father offers to give him his lemonade factory – but on one condition; he and his wife, Liselot, must journey through the entire factory, a task that is easier said than done. Andre and Liselot must combine their unique abilities to make it through each room together. Along the way they’ll meet a cast of characters including the foreman, the chef, a food inspector and a general who wants the factory to supply drinks to the military, now engaged in a new war.
SINGLE-PLAYER CO-OPERATIVE PLAY
Liselot can double jump, push small crates for Andre to climb on and talk to other characters. Andre can smash big crates and carry Liselot. Switch between the two characters to combine their abilities and get both of them to the exit.
A BUBBLY PLATFORMER WITH SUBTLE FLAVOURS
As you talk to each character, their personalities and stories are revealed. Beneath the bubbly and bright surface Super Lemonade Factory touches on mature themes including labour relations and the moral dilemmas of running a business in wartime.
MAKE YOUR OWN LEVELS
Use the same tool and assets as the developer to create brand new levels for Super Lemonade Factory. Test them online in a flash version of the game and submit them to the developer. The best will be released in future content updates to the app. Visit http://superlemonadefactory.initialsgames.com/play.html to get started.
JOURNEY THROUGH 72 LEVELS
There are three worlds – warehouse, factory and office, each with 12 levels. Unlock hard-core mode and an additional 12 levels per world by collecting all the lemonade bottles.
RETRO PIXEL ART AND SOUNDTRACK
Featuring 8bit pixel art by Miguelito and an original chip-tune soundtrack by Easyname, Super Lemonade Factory drips with charm.