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Dropple. Review

By , on January 8, 2013


Dropple.
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Collecting all the droplets feels really good.

CONS

  • Performance issues on older phones.
  • At time of playing, purchasing in shop doesn't work properly.

VERDICT

An enjoyable enough bouncing platformer focused on collection, that could use some more polish, and more variation in its design.


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For a long time now, games have taken advantage of what seems to be an innate desire to collect things, especially if those things are shiny or have a sense of value to them. In Dropple, you are collecting water droplets, and these water droplets are a currency that allows you to buy all manner of helpful items, from shields, to magnets, to the ability to rewind time. Did I mention that you're a giant water droplet yourself? There's definitely a possible analysis relating to our consumer culture and spiritual fulfillment hidden here, but let's discuss the game instead shall we?

Each level is a short tilt based droplet collect-a-thon. Tilting the iPhone will control Dropple as he bounces left or right, and you'll have no issue hopping around a level, following the trail of golden droplets, and hitting the mother-load when you come across the larger droplets. As mentioned, there are power-ups to aid you. The shield and magnet are staples in many an iPhone game now so shouldn't need explaining. The time rewind is an interesting addition though. If you're expecting a similar mechanic to Braid however, it's best not to get your hopes up. While that game utilized a fluid reversal of your previous actions, Dropple reverses in arbitrarily chosen chunks, having you waste more than one reversal of your stock going back to a section where it's safe to land.

And when I say stock, yes, all your power-ups and abilities need to be refilled in the shop that uses your golden droplets (that can be purchased for real money of course). At the time of our review, the version played did not allow the player to make any purchases. This may be a result of the game performing poorly on older iOS devices as there were some menu and framerate issues to contend with as well. Nothing to ruin the gaming experience, but noticeable, and hopefully patched soon.

Really aside from the nice tilting controls, and the gleeful joy of collecting a myriad of droplets, Dropple is a middle of the road platforming experience. The levels are short and well designed to keep you collecting, so you can easily play through a few when you have a moment to spare, but the game can only be recommended to those whose curiosity has been piqued by this review... oh and those who want to play a water droplet collecting other water droplets of course.

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