When your anger gets the best of you, it is quite natural to want to lash out, yell and possibly even throw something. And, for one monkey in particular, rage can bring out the worst in him – his poo.
Furious George by McLeran Consulting LLC features a disgruntled monkey (with an apparently overactive bowel) whose only form of anger management involves throwing his poo at you. The more frustrated he becomes, the more poo he flings, and the only way to defend yourself is to toss it all right back.
The premise and its execution are rather simple. Whenever George throws his poo at you, you must tap the nicely packaged ball before it hits you. Every time you block his toss, you gain points, which eventually lead to bonuses in the form of weapons you can throw at George. To provoke George, simply throw these weapons or shake your device. To toss a weapon, tap the object when it appears in the bottom right corner and then tap George to throw it in his direction.
However, if you miss and one of George’s packages splatters against your screen, your “hits” tally rises and points will be deducted from your overall score. For those who have an OpenFeint account, your score will be tracked on Furious George’s global leaderboard. If you do not have an account already, you may create one upon your first startup of Furious George. Once you have been hit four times, your game will end, at which point you can view your ranking on the leaderboard or start a new game. However, the competition does not seem very stiff considering I played one game in which I never fought back, acquired a negative score, yet still ranked amongst the top 50 players.
After a while, though, the tapping gets monotonous considering that is the extent of game play. Furious George begins as a silly monkey who hilariously scoops his poo from his bottom and tosses it toward your face, then quickly turning into a battle between you and a barrage of brown balls. The simplicity may appeal to those looking for a game that takes barely any thought or skill, yet the constant repetition soon becomes dull for all. And, for those who wish to pursue the top ranking, the climb to the top of the board is not difficult, but holding on for the whole game may very well be. With no pause button, those looking for a high score must also have enough free time to play, or they can just flush their hopes down the toilet.
Furious George requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.