Animal advocates can lecture on and on about the endangered species all across the world, and still our self-centered minds will disregard their warnings as idle chatter. But integrate your cause into a fun-filled, fast-paced game, and people may start to pay attention. With Angry Rhino Rampage by Milk Drinking Cow, users encounter a disgruntled rhino out to destroy any and all threats to its habit by charging through the African Savannah in a heated rage. Fruit carts block his path, while poachers fly through the air, leaving you to help our endangered friend defend what is his.
When you begin, users will find a simple main menu that exemplifies the silly, cartoonish gaming interface through both its graphics and soundtrack combined. The Play button sits noticeably in the bottom left corner of the screen, the remaining buttons run down the right side of the screen starting at the top. At the top, the ‘i’ button provides information about the application, including credits and links to the developer’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, while also encouraging users to become rhino conservationists and save these endangered creatures. Below this, users will also find the music on/off, sound effects on/off and Game Center connect icons.
Once you tap the Play button, users need only press the buttons in each bottom corner – the jump button to the left and the charge button to the right – to get this game started. Use the charge button to speed up and the jump button to hop over rocks and gaps between cliffs. You will especially want to jump over rocks, for they will lead to your demise, while jumping up to grab additional hearts will extend you health. You will, however, want to smash into any and all fruit carts and helicopters containing poachers to gain points and rid your world of enemies.
When you’ve run out of lives, the game ends, resulting in your capture. The screen displays your final score and a random fact about rhinos. In fact, each time you die, the end screen will present a new, true fact, which helps promote awareness once again. From here, users may choose to return to the main menu or play again. Users may also choose to post their score to Facebook.
The App Store description claims Angry Rhino Rampage may be easy to play, but its fast-paced nature makes it hard to master, and they would be right. But that’s where the fun comes into play. While some games move much to quickly for you to follow, the rhino’s gaining speed gets your adrenaline pumping, especially when you consider why he’s so full of rage. The developer’s may claim future updates will explain the rhino’s anger, but we can already guess that his rage stems from his discontent over people infiltrating his habitat and endangering his species. And quite honestly, this game’s subtle message couldn’t make a bigger impact.
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Angry Rhino Rampage requires iPhone OS 4.0 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.
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