Doodle Jump is a cool little pick-up-and-play game from developer Lima Sky. Drawing clear inspiration from the popular Papi Jump, I must admit I was a little disappointed when I first fired it up. At first glance, it looked just like a clone. The game however, has built upon and expanded the Papi Jump concept, and executed it extremely well.
The idea in Doodle Jump, as in Papi Jump, is to make your way up a never-ending series of platforms, bouncing higher and higher from one to the next. The higher you go, the higher your score. Doodle Jump introduces a number of things along the way to mix things up a bit – springs for extra bounce, floating baddies, moving platforms, black holes and a whole host of other features.
The great thing about Doodle Jump, and other games of this type, is that they offer something that you can jump straight into. It takes only a moment to get the hang of the game – and you can even play one handed. The little doodle character continuously jumps of his own accord, all you have to do is steer him right and left by tilting the iPhone from side-to-side.
As the name implies, the graphics in Doodle Jump are of a doodly-nature. They look like they were hand-drawn on the inside of a notepad – they’re simple and unique, and suit this type of game well. There is no music to speak of – just a few little sound effects.
One great feature of Doodle Jump that is sure to be cloned itself is the real-time high-score system. There are little red lines on the right hand side of the screen, that as you ascend higher, mark the user-names of previous players from around the world that high scored at that level.
Bottom line: If you liked Papi Jump, you’ll like this.
Doodle Jump requires the 2.0 software update and is compatible with both the iPhone & iPod Touch.