For fans of iPhone games that use the tilt and accelerometer features to play rather than traditional controls, Save Betsy is a quirky twist on a familiar theme.
Designed by Hairy Monster Studios, this pro-vegan – or anti-vegan? It’s hard to say – game puts you in control of Betsy, a very worried looking cow trying to escape a charbroiled fate. She begins on the ground in front of Vegan Meat Co. and makes her escape in a very un-cowlike way – leaping up and up on the levels stacked in the sky.
You can control which direction Betsy jumps by tilting the iPhone side to side, and speed her up or slow her down by tilting back and forth. For fans of popular games like Doodle Jump, this is old hat. But because not everyone is familiar with such games, I think a short tutorial or line or two of instruction would help new users pick this up a little quicker.
Of course, there are obstacles and there are weapons, all with the same sort of sick twist that seems to be the theme of the game. Grills and meat grinders await for Betsy to make one wrong pounce, and the results ain’t pretty. Likewise, if Betsy falls to the ground she makes quite a bloody splat. However, there are also bales of hay you can use to hide her in, and she has the power to shoot what I’m going to pretend are clumps of dirt at her grinding nemeses.
One level, but there appears to be no limit to how high you can go. The “fun facts” you get (which you can disable in Options) are amusing as well – now that I know how many “squirts” are in a glass of milk, I’m finding it slightly less appealing.
For $0.99, this is a good one that will probably keep you entertained for a little bit longer than you initially think.
Save Betsy [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.2 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.