The aim of Turbo Grannies is quite simple; get Granny and her scooter from one side of the map to the other in one piece. A simple aim but the reality of the game is far from simple as even the most skillful player will be tested to their absolute limits with three increasingly difficult maps to traverse.
The game controls are fairly basic but the addition of accelerometer control adds another facet to an already great game as players try desperately to keep granny under control as she careens down hills and flies over jumps across the map.
Considering Turbo Grannies is somewhat of a retro styled game it is so well made with superb graphics, entertaining sound effects. The levels are well thought out and superbly designed making this an iPhone app that is well worth the price of admission. The menu system is a basic affair that allows users to start playing or view their time and scores. Further in you are able to choose one of the three maps to play on at any point you may have already completed. Getting granny racing across the map has been made easy with users simply pressing the right side of the screen to speed up and the left to slow down. The inclusion of the accelerometer function means that users will need to tilt their phones constantly to keep granny steady.
Playing retro 2D games is usually loads of fun and to be fair Turbo Grannies starts out to be very entertaining. The only problem some may find is the combination of immense frustration and repetition when playing some levels. In its defense the controls on this game are highly responsive and allow players to get granny to do whatever they want, racing-wise that is, but this doesn’t stop granny from crashing in the same place on some levels over, and over and over. Thus, patience, persistence, and skill are needed, which really are a winning formula for any challenging game.
Given that this game is at times a little repetitive, the truth is, this iPhone game still manages to be fun and exciting and could only be made better with the addition of more purpose to the game, and potentially power ups, and these elements we would gladly look forward to in future updates.
Turbo Grannies [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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