Marty Mongoose: Making Rube Goldberg Proud on the iPhone

Marty Mongoose - White Box

Marty Mongoose for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $ .99
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If you’re tired of Angry Birds and want something just a bit more involving on the iPhone—but with every bit as much puzzle mayhem—Marty Mongoose via White Box is an up-and-comer to watch. The iPhone app isn’t without its faults, but it’s still wicked puzzling fun on the iPhone. Check out our full review of Marty Mongoose below for all our thoughts on the new iPhone app!

Gameplay

We are continuously impressed here at the iPhone App Review by all the quirky (and cool) ideas offered by indie development on the iPhone. Marty Mongoose is no different: The game has you directing a blind mongoose to a pile of delicious eggs via digital shouting, various traps and contraptions, and a vague sense of strategy. The poor guy will walk in any direction you tell him, even if it means being blown up a level, slung by a see-saw, or jilted along a rickety pole. You’ll have to arrange various available tools to match the layout of the level. The eggs are always lodged in a tree, meaning you’ll have to go up and over to complete the mission. If you get stuck though, there’s always a redo button. Not only that, but all twenty included levels are open for you to try, taking off a huge amount of pressure.

Marty Mongoose offers a lot of fun gameplay, but it’s not without its pacing issues. After so many levels, using the same set of fans and boards to reach the eggs can become repetitive. With no new tools unlocked until late in the game (and with all the levels open) an incentive to keep laying can be hard to come by. However, collecting all the apples on each level is certainly a challenge, and perhaps that’s enough to hold the player’s interest.

 

Design

Marty Mongoose for iPhone

Marty Mongoose for iPhone

In terms of design, Marty Mongoose is not without its growing pains. The levels themselves are expertly designed, and are just challenging enough without being impossible: A boon for any puzzle app. However, not being able to change the position of a tool once it’s been placed without nuking all other placements is frustrating. The graphics themselves are very cute and reminiscent of old Gameboy games, but a change in scenery might be just the kick needed to keep the player going through the levels. Varying the available tools per level alone would add a lot to an already great mix.

Overall Value

Marty Mongoose is certainly priced fairly: One dollar in the AppStore. For that money you’ll get twenty challenging levels and a great amount of fun. The game has plenty of room to grow, but at such a great price, there’s no better time to jump on the Mongoose bandwagon. There’s also a free version available if you’re commitment wary.

 

Marty Mongoose requires iOS 4.2 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.

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