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WackyLands Boss Review
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WackyLands Boss, a side-scrolling beat-‘em-up where you control the giant ogre fending off the brave townsfolk, has been released by FairPlay Labs and Chillingo and is now available from the app store. Featuring tap-happy action sequences and RPG elements, you’ll revel in customizing your ogre and trashing all who stand in your way.

WackyLands Boss Pros:

  • Tap and swipe controls
  • Great art style
  • Customizable character with lots of options and RPG elements
  • Crystal integration for leaderboards and achievements
  • Mini-games to keep action from getting too stale

WackyLands Boss Cons:

  • Downward swiping does not register consistently
  • Ogre’s pace is a bit slow
  • Repetitive gameplay

Your character can be outfitted with a variety of hats, clothes, gloves, and shoes, and a selection of eyes, mouths, and body types are also available. Upgrades cost money, which is earned from killing enemies, and many options are only unlocked once you’ve reached a certain level through experience points. The articles of clothing enhance or degrade your ogre’s attributes for strength, defense, attack rate, and quickness. Some match and look like a complete get-up, while others make your monster look ridiculous, though no less menacing. There are 13 areas to destroy across three locations. Each level contains a half-dozen waves of enemies to fight off. Enemy types vary from charging knights to airborne ninjas to archers aplenty . Most are vanquished with a simple punch or swipe with a handheld weapon, though some are quite a bit tougher. The end of each level contains a boss that puts up a decent fight, but often is felled rather quickly.

There are also a fair number of power-ups and items to interact with as you progress. Princesses can be picked up and eaten for health, while cows, poison barrels, and UFOs are used to wipe out large groups of foes by rolling over them or causing widespread damage. You’ll also gain abilities along the way that can come in handy in a pinch. Stomp will allow you to stun enemies with your thunderous footsteps, while fireballs and rage powers can incinerate the opposition quickly. Three unlockable mini-games are included as well to give you a break from the sometimes monotonous action, allowing you to test your skills at tasks such as punching out parachuting people before they safely reach land.

Graphically, there is a really fun and humorous cartoonish style infused throughout the game, and the animations are cute and fun to watch. Everything ran smoothly, even with large groups of enemies on-screen at the same time. Dressing the ogre is enjoyable, too, while offering plenty of room for creativity or strategy, depending on whether you focus on weird outfits or those that boost the most important stat categories. The soundtrack is whimsical and fitting to the gameplay, building as the action heats up.

The controls are all touch and gesture-based, removing any buttons that might obfuscate the action. Holding your finger on the left or right side of the screen moves the ogre, while tapping initiates a light attack and swiping horizontally initiates a heavy attack. Swiping up picks up items and swiping down allows you to roll out of harm’s way. We had some issues with this aspect of the controls, as our downward swipes were not consistently registered, leaving us under attack and vulnerable as we madly swiped our screen over and over. Also, the ogre moves very slowly, often giving enemies such as the archers the opportunity to back away from us while still attacking. The importance of utilizing rolls to get into position to take them out is crucial, yet the controls would not cooperate.

Replay value is decent, providing you the opportunity to try various character configurations upon replay. Chillingo’s Crystal social gaming system is utilized for leaderboards (one each for the mini-games) and achievements. We’ve only really encountered any significant health trouble from boss fights, leading to relatively easy romps across the countryside. The gameplay gets a little repetitive and boring after some time, but it’s still a fun game in its own right. At $0.99, the cute premise and quirky gameplay has earned WackyLands Boss a solid 4-Dimple score.

WackyLands Boss Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2010-11-09T01:30:45+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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