Price: $1.99 Score: 9/10 By Michelle Schusterman
Download this one for the kids, and you’ll find yourself hooked. I’m not going to disclose how long I spent trying to get through all the levels of Save Teddy, but suffice it to say it was tough to put down.
The object of the game, designed by Kadamedia, is to save the cute and cuddly Teddy, who is hanging from a balloon, by arranging other balloons beneath him for him to bounce off of safely to the basket below. If Teddy lands safely in the basket, you move on to the next level. If he ends up on the ground or runs into a crow…well, it’s not graphic but those button eyes take on a decidedly X-shape.
Each level shows Teddy hanging from his balloon, which won’t pop until you tap it, so there’s no rush to get everything lined up. There might be a few crows in the air, which don’t move, and you can even plant a balloon right on top of them if they’re in the path to the basket. In addition to the colored balloons you can move around, there are always a couple pink “locked” balloons that you can’t move and must either use or get around somehow.
The way Teddy falls and bounces off of the balloons is fairly realistic, so it’s apparent very quickly how you need to arrange your balloons. But like I said, this one gets challenging quick, even for adults. However, between the adorable graphics and the bouncy music and sound effects, I don’t think this is one kids will give up on easily. And there’s an added challenge that isn’t necessary to complete a level but makes the game more interesting for adults; each time you hit a balloon (which have different values) you rack up points, so sometimes the most direct route to the basket isn’t the best if you want to go for the high score.
At $1.99, this one is a great deal for the kids – and quite possibly, you’ll enjoy it as well. And if you’re one of the first few readers of this post, you can enjoy Save Teddy for free thanks to Kadamedia and these two promo codes! If you use one, be sure to tell us in the comments, and enjoy!
Save Teddy requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.