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Bumpy Road Review
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Bumpy Road, Simogo’s new side-scrolling high-score driving challenge, was just released onto the app store. Featuring a fantastic control method, sweet music, and a terrific art style, Bumpy Road is as delightful to watch as it is to play.

Bumpy Road Pros:

  • Gorgeous old-time graphical style
  • Great accordian-based soundtrack and xylophone chimes
  • Innovative controls that are easy and fun to use
  • Multiple game modes and tons of bonuses
  • GameCenter integration for leaderboards and a dozen achievements

Bumpy Road Cons:

  • Somewhat repetitive

Bumpy Road contains 2 main game modes, Evergreen Ride and Sunday Trip, as well as a picture mode, Memory Lane, where you can relive the main couple’s life highlights via photos collected during the course of play. Evergreen Ride is an endless high-score challenge where you assist a cute married couple driving as far as possible across the screen at a steady rate. Along the way, you’ll need to avoid pits and collect gizmos. The gizmos act as a type of fuel to keep you moving, so naturally running it down to empty will end your trip. The control method is the key component in this game, allowing you to alter the elevation of any platform (including the ground) by dragging your finger over its surface. Utilizing exciting wave mechanics, this control method can allow you to speed up, slow down, stop, and raise the vehicle with surprising effectiveness. Tapping the platform below the vehicle also causes it to bounce into the air, which helps to reach platforms that extend over pits (or leap them altogether) and often contain gizmos to gather.

There are also a number of special blocks to trigger, such as switches that create temporary platforms, bounce pads that propel your vehicle to greater heights, and much more. Maxing out your gizmo meter gives you access to a temporary bonus mode that eliminates pits and provides a large number of gizmos to collect during a brief period. Your distance, and the value of a number of bonuses, become your final score. Sunday Drive mode eliminates the pits while introducing a timed mode that tasks you with reaching the end point as quickly as possible, aided by speed boosts that result from collecting gizmos. The turbo gizmo and clock gizmo are especially helpful in achieving great scores.

Bumpy Road has a very charming graphic style, with great hand-drawn art and an old-school cartoon look. Retina display support offers crisp, clear visuals, and the plethora of colors gives the environment a surreal, dreamlike feel. The animations are very smooth, presenting the wave mechanics very fluidly. The physics involved can add a significant speed boost or stop the car on a dime, offering a realistic feel to the game. The soundtrack is a great little accordion-based tune that fits the style, while dragging your finger along the ground creates xylophone sounds that add to the charm of the game. The strictly touch-based controls, as previously explained, are simple, intuitive, and responsive. It’s always a great thing when the controls themselves can put a smile on your face.

Replay value is terrific, as both modes provide high-score experiences that encourage continued play to improve your standing. GameCenter integration provides leaderboards for the 2 main modes, as well as a dozen achievements to earn. Despite some fairly repetitive gameplay, Bumpy Road manages to provide an undeniable level of enjoyment, as well as a strong one-more-try feeling. A universal app priced at $2.99, Bumpy Road is a 4.5-Dimple beauty.

Bumpy Road Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2011-05-19T00:38:29+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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