Momonga Pinball Adventures Review
- Using pinball mechanics in small levels to tell a story.
- Gliding sections.
- Very clever use of multi-ball.
- The problems inherit in pinball come to the forefront when trying to progress a narrative.
A game where you knock a Japanese Flying Squirrel around as a pinball in small goal oriented levels. It's not too shabby.
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Momonga Pinball Adventures is the story of a tribe of Japanese flying squirrels that are captured by a clan of owls, and thus our hero Momo is mentored by a Panda to go and save them, later running into a Mole on the journey. This is going to be one of those games isn't it. The core gameplay is pinball, as you use paddles to fling Momo against targets and through passageways all the way to the end of each individual level. There's something fascinating about taking the mechanics of a high score game like pinball and using them in a game based around narrative progression, but does it end up working? Well... sort of.
Each level uses small little pockets of pinball gameplay in quick succession. Usually there are a couple targets or a lever to hit, or a passageway to aim at. Tapping the side of the screen on either the left or right will engage that flipper, and as this is pinball, that's all you need to know control wise. There are sections where you glide along tilting the iPhone, but think of those as quick changes of scenery. The main game is making sure Momo does not fall under the flippers. Instead of losing a ball like in normal pinball, Momo has three hearts, and losing all three will restart the level. One really clever addition is how this game approaches multi-ball, with another character being thrown into the game, and thus you have two 'life bars' to contend with. The issue about these segments might already be apparent. Unless you're a pinball wizard, most players lose their multi-ball almost immediately as it's too much input to keep all balls going. When you're tied to actually having to keep each ball going for fear of restarting the level, this puts a lot of pressure on the player, especially when the levels aren't designed to allow much error.
Presentation wise, we have a low polygon 3D world and characters, excused by a decent use of colour and design. Let's call it the Blizzard method. The game likes to show off these worlds too as there are sections where you get to sit back and watch Momo travel on rails through some of the locations. It's obvious that the cute animal characters and colorful landscapes would definitely appeal to a younger audience.
But even in trying to streamline pinball by offering it in small enclosed locations with clear goals, the mechanics of the game play against it. What makes pinball worth playing despite the bad luck possible by all but the most dedicated players is the exploration of the board, and the random occurrences when the ball hits a ramp or gets locked. Now traveling through this world replaces some of that problem, but certainly not enough.
DescriptionA little flying squirrel takes on the forces of evil. A pinball adventure awaits - It's time to roll!
★ THE REAL DEAL ★
"Momonga transforms pinball into an entirely new gaming experience that will appeal to veterans and newcomers alike."
"Momonga is the kind of game that makes you smile while you play it."
"It's one of those rare games that makes you excited just to see what's around the next corner. Paladin Studios obviously put a lot of heart into making this gorgeous little masterpiece!"
★ PINBALL WITH A TWIST ★
Momonga Pinball Adventures is a different kind of pinball. Instead of regular cabinets, you bounce a flying squirrel through different levels. Enemies, boss fights, exploration - it has all the ingredients of good old action-adventure games, but with flippers :)
★ AN EPIC ADVENTURE ★
Join Momo in the first episode of an epic adventure to save his tribe. A band of owls turned the momonga village to ashes. The owls took the momongas and vanished. Momo barely survived the attack. After the raid, Momo was found by a wandering panda in the outskirts of the village. A scar went deep from the top of his head to the tip of his tail. The panda, a Lorekeeper, took up the task to save the creature.
Help Momo defeat General Kuton and find his friends. The momongas must be free!
★ MEET THE HEROES ★
Starring the amazing:
✫ Momo the momonga
✫ Fry the firefly
✫ Panda the panda
✫ Guaka the molerat
Flip and roll. Smash your enemies. Win epic bossfights.
★ FEATURES ★
✓ Pinball with a twist
✓ Action-packed gameplay
✓ 9 beautifully handcrafted levels
✓ Crazy fluffy sidekicks
✓ Epicly unfolding storyline
✓ 45 challenging Challenges
✓ 1 infinite bonus level
✓ Game Center Leaderboards
✓ Game Center Achievements
✓ Universal app
✓ More coming soon!
★ STORYLINE ★
On the continent Aya, animals have lived peacefully since the Great War. The Guardian Council has been formed to protect the Sources, and the world from another War. The Sources are five places of great power, and bring balance to the world when they are in the right hands. Ever since the start of the Great War, the Sources have been contested by the Shadow Species, who claimed the Sources for themselves.
The momongas are a small and peaceful tribe of flying squirrels, living on a group of small islands on the river Yana. They make their homes in the hollow trunks of giant Sequoia trees, and generally get out of the way of trouble.
One day, the village was raided by a group of owl bandits. Their leader, General Kuton, is a renegade general, brilliant in his old days, but torn apart by the loss of his son to the Ravens. The owls took every momonga and disappeared. All except one - the young Momo barely escaped Kuton’s claws. He was saved by Panda, one of the nomadic pandas that roam the continents. He healed Momo and took to a sanctuary up in the mountains.
Our adventure begins here - with a little flying squirrel and a lonely panda. Will they be able to stop the forces of evil?
★ DOWNLOAD NOW ★
Buy the app, and it’s yours. No sneaky in-app purchases. No energy packs. No annoying ads. Just a great game for you to enjoy. :)
★ SUPPORT ★
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What's New in Version 1.0.2Thanks everyone for your support! The reviews are amazing, and we are listening to your feedback. This maintenance update improves performance. We are working on the new bonus level, so stay tuned :)
✓ Improved support for:
· iPod touch 4th generation
· iPad 1
· iPhone 3GS
✓ New leaderboard: Episode 1 total score
✓ Improved restart loading times for the completionists
✓ Optimized performance in most levels
✓ New shiny visuals and textures :)
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