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Coin Drop Review
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Coin Drop, a stellar new arcade game from Full Fat Games, is now available from the app store. Featuring Peggle-like gameplay mixed with a variety of alternate collection bonuses, Coin Drop creates a compelling case for a swift ascent up the app store charts.

Coin Drop Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics and level design
  • Fun and quirky soundtrack
  • Simple controls
  • GameCenter integration for global leaderboards
  • Variety of elements to manage and bonuses to earn
  • Engaging puzzles and addictive pick-up-and-play style

Coin Drop Cons:

  • No achievements
  • Shake to nudge is a bit hokey

Coin Drop contains 60 levels of play across 4 distinct environments, each with its own items and unique properties. The goal of each level is to capture the four bad blue pennies. You have a finite number of coins to drop from the screen top. Touching the screen creates a short light beam that indicates the path of the next dropped coin. Moving your finger allows you to line up your shot, and the coin drops once you release. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess what might transpire. There are a series of stationary or moving pegs in each level that light up when hit by a coin. If you light all pegs, you earn a bonus and then can restart the peg lighting sequence again in hopes of earning another bonus or a coin frenzy. These pegs never disappear and are often the impetus for reaching out-of-the-way bad pennies by ricocheting coins off of them. Coins exit the board through the bottom of the screen, where a half-dozen collection bins reside. Lighting up these bins by dropping in coins can earn you another bonus.

Each environment has a theme, such as space, jungle, underwater, and robotics, along with items that pertain to that theme. The space boards contain rocket ships and aliens that you can bounce the coins off of, as well as spinning asteroids. The jungle levels introduce girl coins that are often trapped in a makeshift box that must be rescued by the coins. There are also breakable bricks to contend with, requiring contact with a coin twice in order to crumble away. Latter levels introduce lasers, portals, magnets, and a bunch of other fun items. Each board contains a series of platforms that are fixed at the center point and able to spin freely when a weight is applied to either end. These platforms can both help you to reach out-of-the-way places, as well as force you to find creative ways to reach areas below their center point. One of the creative differences between this and Peggle is the ability to release more than one coin (up to five) into the field of play at any time. The final coin does receive some special attention as a spotlight highlights its path and the music and mood change to create tension. You must collect the 4 bad pennies to unlock the next level, and your final point total determines whether you earn 1, 2, or 3 stars on the level.

Graphically, Coin Drop really pops, with bright and colorful objects and terrific level design that creates a challenging yet rewarding experience. The themed worlds look terrific and make great use of items that you’d expect to see in those environments. The physics are quite accurate, clearly evident by watching coins that get accidentally squeezed between two objects getting fired out at rapid speed. A shake of the device can also give the coins a nudge as necessary. The soundtrack is arcade-like and catchy, playing right into the lively and cheerful atmosphere of the game. Controls are easy to use and quite accurate, as described previously. As new gameplay elements are added, a small animation appears at the beginning of the level to show you exactly how to interact with the new addition. A few tutorial levels at the beginning of the game also provide hands-on explanation of how to play.

Replay value is great, with plenty of exciting levels to keep you busy and the incentive of earning 3 stars on each level compelling you to play over and over again. GameCenter integration offers 5 global leaderboards, one for each world and a full campaign leaderboard. Unfortunately, there are no achievements. For every 10 stars you earn, you also unlock a new coin type, which can be a fun incentive to snag every star you can. As a universal app, you can play on any device with the crispness and clarity that makes it as fun to watch as it is to play. Updates containing additional levels are teased on the World Selection screen, so we hope that Full Fat Games takes the same route that we’ve seen with Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Burn The Rope, and others with additional level packs added every so often. At $0.99, Coin Drop is a ridiculously great value and a 5-Dimple stud.

Coin Drop Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2011-04-23T00:35:08+00:00 rating 5.0 out of 5

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