Coconut Dodge, a casual high-score affair from Electronic Arts, has made its way onto the app store. A popular PSP title, Coconut Dodge features a light-hearted theme, tight controls, and gameplay mechanics that appeal to gamers of all ages.
Coconut Dodge Pros:
- Simple game mechanics
- Catchy soundtrack
- Controls are spot-on once you get the hang of them
- Both casual and challenging, fun for the family
Coconut Dodge Cons:
- Uses Facebook instead of popular social gaming network for leaderboards
- Kind of repetitive
Playing as Clawrence the Crab, you must skitter back and forth on a scenic beachscape while gold, jewels, and coconuts fall from the sky. As the name suggests, you don’t want to get hit by the coconuts. The game goes back and forth between simply dropping items from the sky and streaming configurations of items downward in maze-like fashion for you to weave through, which really keeps you on your toes. You accumulate points simply for staying alive, with collected gold offering additional points. The longer you play, the faster the items fall. Bonus items abound as well, including jewels that are worth more points than the standard gold, numbered beach balls that must be bounced in the air the prescribed number of times until they burst and give you a either a score bonus (yellow balls) or slow the falling objects (blue balls), and a golden helmet which allows you to crack coconuts for a short time, which also earns points. You lose a life each time a coconut hits your crab, and three hits will end your game.
The visuals aren’t spectacular, but they are cheery and pleasant. The animations are smooth, with some minor effects making it appear that the waves are lapping the shore in the background. The soundtrack is equally happy-go-lucky. We initially found the controls difficult to get a handle on. There are left and right arrows on the left side of the screen and a turbo button on the right (these can be swapped in the Options menu). We had a tendency to want to touch the left side of the screen to move left and the right side of the screen to move right. Our fingers were constantly missing the right arrow and it got quite frustrating. We also weren’t using the turbo button much, as the early levels didn’t require a lot of fast side-to-side movements. As we found ourselves needing the turbo button, we started using the arrows as more of a slider than separate arrows. Once we got into this mindset, the controls felt fairly natural and we started racking up pretty good scores. The crab movements are very responsive and will allow you to stop on a dime and work in tight spaces without much trouble.
Replay value is very good, as expected from a high-score survival game. There are 30 levels to work through, and a separate game mode that allows you to play any previously unlocked level maze in an effort to master it by achieving a certain score. This acts as a bit of a practice session to perfect the necessary skills to climb the leaderboards, which are sadly handled via Facebook instead of one of the popular social gaming networks. Coconut Dodge is the type of game that can be a fun diversion for kids or a serious challenge for older gamers. At $0.99, it’s a 4-Dimple winner.
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