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Daddy Was A Thief Review
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Daddy Was A Thief, an endless arcade game from Rebel Twins, is now available from the app store. Featuring a terrific aesthetic, quirky obstacles, and simple controls, Daddy Was A Thief provides a fun high-score-chasing experience that’s accessible for gamers of all ages.

Daddy Was A Thief Pros:

  • Colorful polished graphics and cute animations
  • Relaxing soundtrack
  • Simple swipe controls are intuitive and responsive
  • GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements

Daddy Was A Thief Cons:

  • Not a whole lot of variety
  • Gets repetitive pretty quickly

You are a pudgy burglar who bursts out of the top floor of a bank, leaping to the rooftop of the next building in an effort to make your escape. Instead of using the stairs or elevator, your preferred method of escape is to bust through each successive floor with a powerful jump-stomp maneuver. Your character will vacillate between walls without pause, forcing you to time your jump-stomps to land on, or avoid, objects on the floor below. Many floors contain coins which can be collected, objects that provide coins once destroyed, shrink rays, ornery grannies, cops, gun-toting baddies, floor-bursting bathtubs, and more. The occasional missile will also rip through the building from the left or right, with only a quick warning. Get hit by a missile, captured by a cop, or shot by a foe and your game ends. Every so often, you’ll even encounter a Casino-style pachinko game for a quick break from the action. The number of floors you pass through, as well as the number of coins you collect, seem to factor into your final score. Coins can be used in the shop to buy new costumes, power-ups, and upgrades. As you progress, you’ll gain experience that allows you access to different upgrades, or you can bypass this aspect by spending some coins.

Graphically, the game is polished and appealing, with colorful rooms, silly characters, objects to manipulate for speedier escape, and smooth animations. Though the floor types repeat early and often, we did find it compelling enough to keep playing for a while and trying to best our scores. Many levels pose no danger at all (except the occasional missile that may appear if you hang out too long), so it seems pretty accessible to younger gamers. The soundtrack is fairly relaxing, and the sound effects enhance the smashing and destroying aspects of gameplay. Controls utilize only a swipe up to jump without crushing the floor or swiping down to smash through to the next level. We found them to be responsive and intuitive.

Replay value is good, as with most high-score focused games. We found it charming enough to warrant playing for some time, though the store items aren’t all that compelling and it can feel repetitive within a short time. GameCenter integration provides a global leaderboard and more than a dozen achievements to earn. A universal app for $1.99, Daddy Was A Thief is a solid 4-Dimple title.

Daddy Was A Thief Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2013-05-09T21:12:14+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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