At first glance, Attack Kumquat looks like another Angry Birds clone – and there are certainly some similarities. There are three ‘worlds’ to unlock (Arctic, Jungle and Grand Canyon) and a 3 star rating to achieve on each level. The levels themselves have a similar feel, at least to begin with, with little orange kumquats trapped in ice structures that need to be broken with a projectile (in this case, a steel ball). That said – Attack Kumquat is so much more, and is a unique and well-executed game in its own right.
As the developer states at the beginning of the first level, “the aim of the game is to squash kumquats”. The difficulty lies in guiding the metal ball from its starting position to your target(s). In each level you are given a varying number of ‘pickups’ – items such as bombs, trampolines, scaffolds, cannons, rope, scissors and magnets – that must be manipulated in order to direct the metal ball across the map.
The further you get into the game, the more Attack Kumquat turns into an elaborate game of Mouse Trap, with increasingly complex and precise positioning of pieces required to meet your objective. It becomes a game of trial and error to solve the inherent puzzle in each level, requiring some active thinking to work your way through.
The visuals are bright, clear and colorful and the music basic, but cheerful. The real killer here is the gameplay, and with 54 levels (and more planned for future updates), there’s a good few hours of quality puzzle challenges to keep you occupied!
Attack Kumquat HD [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.