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Fancy Pants Review
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Fancy Pants, Chillingo’s slick platformer based on Brad Borne’s popular flash game, is now available from the app store. Co-developed by Borne Games and Over The Top Games, Fancy Pants features fluid animations, a terrific graphic style, and charm to spare.

Fancy Pants Pros:

  • Great doodle-style art and ultra-fluid, momentum-based animations
  • Easy to use control buttons allow for wall jumping, wall climbing, and power sliding
  • Various enemies and a handful of weapons to dispatch them
  • Squiggles to collect, customizable outfits to unlock, and side quests to enjoy
  • Crystal integration for global leaderboards and achievements

Fancy Pants Cons:

  • Can be a bit difficult to control at first, especially when attempting to land on enemies
  • No GameCenter support

You play as Fancy Pants Man, a fairly simple doodle with a great deal of flexibility, speed, and determination to do whatever it takes to rescue his little sister, Cutie Pants, from the oddly-named “worst pirates ever.” You’ll need to traverse a number of expansive levels, pulling off great maneuvers like wall climbing and wall jumping, slides, trampoline leaps, and more. There are plenty of platforms to use, many of which you can jump through from below. There always seems to be more than one way to use some environmental element, and you are given the freedom to figure out the best way to complete your mission. Spread throughout the levels are a number of stars and squiggles (shaped like @ symbols) that you can collect to unlock subsequent levels, as well as a ton of outfits and accessories to customize Fancy Pants man. A number of enemies are present, causing Fancy Pants Man to lose a bunch of squiggles if touched in sort of a Sonic-type way. As you progress, you’ll gain weapons to use against these foes, offering up a fun new way to dispatch the baddies.

Graphically, Fancy Pants has a wonderfully simple yet intriguing look, bordering on what we’d expect if our high school notebook doodles came to life. There are plenty of wide open spaces so you won’t feel constrained in any way, while the placement of ramps, walls, inclines, and the like will allow for seamless, speedy runs. The animations are buttery smooth and there are plenty of exciting bits, like balancing on cliff edges and grabbing onto the ends of platforms instead of plummeting off of them. The soundtrack is upbeat and catchy, a great fit for the gameplay. The controls are easy to use, offering left and right arrows for movements, and separate up and down buttons for jumping and sliding. All special moves use some combination of these buttons, though it’s fairly intuitive and shouldn’t require much thought to maneuver at will. There is a bit of a need to anticipate your next move, as Fancy Pants Man appears to be affected by momentum, taking an extra moment to slow to a stop or change direction.

Replay value is very good, as there are several side quests that you can return to complete, as well as missed squiggles to snatch up. An arcade room also provides a good deal of fun, too. Crystal integration provides a bunch of leaderboards and nearly a dozen achievements to earn. A universal offering for $0.99, Fancy Pants is a terrific 4.5-Dimple challenge.

Fancy Pants Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2012-03-05T00:45:50+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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