Crumble Zone Review
- Immaculate sound design.
- You can get into a playing groove pretty easily.
- Controls could have been mapped better.
An arcade game that is very satisfying to play thanks to its colors and crunchy sound effects.
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If you stop to think about your favorite games, I bet that most of you will love these titles partially for their music, and this is an example of how important sound design can be in a game. Now this intro is a little misleading. Crumble Zone has decent music, but that's not why it made such an impact upon playing. Instead we need to have a look at music's brother, the sound effect, in which this game delivers up in such a satisfyingly crunchy way, that the joy of the gameplay is inextricably tied into it.
The game is about protecting your little central planetoid from the incoming bombardment of asteroids of varying sizes. The large ones break into small ones, and all can do irrevocable damage to your home. You protect this floating orb by firing projectiles at the incoming masses, breaking them down till either they are obliterated, or you make it over a threshold to a new level, clearing the surroundings of debris. Movement around the planet is accomplished with the left and right arrows down on the bottom left of the screen, while shooting is taken care of by tapping the target button. Rather then fire in a straight line, your character randomly lobs his weapon in an arc to the right or left, sometimes leaving the decision between a close call and a game over to the hands of fate. (Editor's Note: The arc of the shot is determined by the direction you've just moved in - keeping your eyes on the creature's antenna helps!) After breaking part enough large asteroids, you gain a special fire attack that zooms around the planet, and can pick off all the little pieces that are left, and it's this constant cycle as the incoming attacks get more and more frequent that keeps you replaying over and over again.
Now seeing that the introduction was gushing over the sound effects, let's take a closer look. Each successful attack of an asteroid triggers a meaty, crunchy sound that can perhaps best be described as someone with pop rocks in their mouth stepping on gravel. It's a joyous sound, and is usually followed by the trickle of gems as they rain down on your planet, ripe for collection (which are of course used to unlock new items at certain collection milestones). All of this takes place on a background of moody blues or threatening greens, and does its best to elevate the simple gameplay mechanics to a more addictive and immersive experience.
Of course it's not perfect. The placement of the buttons are odd, and the buttons themselves are a little small, and it does take more than a few plays for the game to click. Still, we also should mention that there is a multiplayer mode (available on the same device no less), and as high score arcade games go, a lot of effort has gone into the idea and the presentation. Definitely a recommend for high score chasers and those that like their games crunchy.
DescriptionCrash comets! Blow up meteoroids! Shatter and smash menacing asteroids with powerful weapons! Use a tremendous wave of explosions. Hurl missiles until nothing remains. Save the planet for as long as you can! Earn diamonds and precious gems to unlock special weapons!
Compare your highscores with the rest of the world and become a true master!
Crumble Zone features:
• Original and challenging single-player mission
• Multiplayer mode!
• Action-packed gameplay
• Vibrant artistic graphics, optimized for retina display
• Challenging levels but easy to learn and simple to control
• Eight special weapons to get!
• Procedurally generated levels which are different every time!
• Leaderboards, Achievements and Ranks based on your overall progress
Get ready for the Crumble Zone but watch out …it’s incredibly addictive!
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4.5/5 “The graphics really pop, and the gameplay is quite addicting. Players will definitely get plenty of bang for their buck in this highly recommendable title” -148apps
4.5/5 “Surviving as long as you can is key, and because Crumble Zone has addictive gameplay, you will return time and time again to see if you can do better.(…)You’ll also love the graphics – they’re bright, colorful, and totally gorgeous. The color schemes are great and will suck you into the gameplay.” —AppAdvice
5/5 “Amazing sound, graphics, and visual effects. This is like watching a Ridley Scott creation because the outer space sfx are really awesome! The graphics and the illustrations are superb and it matches the mood of the game, really. The sound is just terrifically banging! It makes you all amped up for the game. Very effective!" – Applatter
6/6 “I’m blown away. Here again a little gem found its way to the App Store.” – AppGemeinde.de (translated)
“One of my favourite iOS games from the past few months, Crumble Zone is a fantastic game from Rebel Twins. You will fall in love with it.” – appstorm
What's New in Version 1.02- Check out new Magnetic Asteroids!
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