Hank Hazard, the latest Chillingo-published physics puzzler, is now available from the app store. Developed by Red Rocket Games, Hank’s quick-burst play and interesting puzzles combine to form a fun, albeit short, experience.
Hank Hazard Pros:
- Colorful, kid-friendly graphics with interesting puzzle design
- Plenty of fun sound effects
- Responsive tap controls
- GameCenter and Crystal integration for global leaderboards and achievements
Hank Hazard Cons:
- Pretty simplistic and relatively short
- Top speed bonuses feel arbitrary
- Not universal and no iPad-specific version
You control Hank, a daredevil-wannabe jammed into a clear plastic hamster ball. Each of the 75 standard levels, which are evenly spread across 3 environments, requires you to manipulate environmental variables to get Hank into the targeted location. You’ll start slow, using gravity and inertia from ramps and burstable, bubble-like platforms, to move Hank around. Before long, you’ll need to manipulate see-saws, fire spring-loaded boxing gloves, and handle a host of other devices to complete Hank’s dream. A couple of danger areas, like fire pits, must be avoided. There are 3 stars in each level that must be collected to unlock the next level, and an additional Nuts Bonus that can be acquired by fulfilling a specified objective. The objectives include meeting a targeted number of moves, gaining a certain amount of speed, reaching a predetermined height, or completing the task before a timer expires.
Graphically, Hank Hazard has a simple, colorful, zoomed-in look where objects take up a lot of screen real estate. Everything has a cartoonish feel and the style should especially appeal to young gamers. The soundtrack is light, with plenty of congratulatory sound effects and the like that you’d expect from a stunt-based offering. Controls are tap-based, requiring you to tap platforms to make them disappear, tap boxing gloves to activate them, etc. You can drag the background to pan around levels that are larger than the screen. Everything is very responsive, though you’ll need to work on your timing for some of the levels in order to achieve your goal.
Replay value is decent, as earning the Nuts Bonus on each level will likely require additional attempts at some levels. Also, there are 18 bonus levels available by capturing special stars hidden throughout the main campaign to give gamers just a bit more. Game Center and Crystal integration bring global leaderboards and nearly 2 dozen achievements into the fray. Hank Hamster will set you back a mere $0.99 for a fun 4-Dimple game.
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