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Noble Nutlings Review

Noble Nutlings, a speedrun-platforming-style offering from Boomlagoon (comprised of ex-Rovio employees), is now available from the app store.

Noble Nutlings Pros:

  • Cartoony graphics and wacky gameplay
  • Soundtrack is whimsical and fun
  • Controls are responsive and easy to use
  • GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements

Noble Nutlings Cons:

  • Not clear what effect each of the purchasable wheels and chassis upgrades has on your vehicle
  • Boost only fills via purchase (earned coins or IAP) and is usually required to get elusive 3-star scores

The premise is decidedly Rovio-like: a trio of daredevil squirrels create vehicles out of odds-‘n’-ends and race through the forest, collecting acorns and attempting to reach the finish line in as little time as possible to earn a 3-star rating. One star is awarded simply for finishing the course, while the other two are awarded for besting specific timed thresholds. Stars are used to unlock access to subsequent levels and acorns are exchanged for coins which are used to purchase different wheels, chassis, and chili boost replenishments. The wheel and chassis switching can offer improvements in speed and handling, but achieving 3 stars in a level will require you to use chili boosts judiciously and at the right times while angling your vehicle to avoid hard landings and crashing into the ground. Unfortunately, chili boost juice is not refilled at all without purchasing small quantities with coins, which puts a significant damper on our enjoyment of the game. Most levels can be completed in under a minute, while branching pathways make it necessary to familiarize yourself with a level’s structure to find the most advantageous route. Gameplay is zany, well-tuned to delight gamers of all ages.

Graphically, everything has a fun, cartoony look with pleasing animations and a sense that the game doesn’t take itself too seriously. Crashing results in a fairly quick reset from the spot of the foul, though the timer doesn’t stop while your vehicle is rebuilt. The soundtrack is whimsical and fun, matching the game’s tone. Controls are responsive, offering an accelerate button and a boost button. Tilting your device allows you to orient your vehicle appropriately, though you could choose to use touch controls for this function, too. Replay value is derived from your desire to earn any missing stars or to purchase some of the higher end items. GameCenter offers global leaderboards and more than a dozen achievements. A free-to-play offering, Noble Nutlings is a fun diversion, though its reliance on purchasable boost juice drops it to a 3-Dimple score.

Noble Nutlings Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2013-01-11T00:31:29+00:00 rating 3.0 out of 5



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