Warp Jam by Out of the Gun is unique in the AppStore, as its the only iPhone app I know of that makes a traffic jam even remotely fun. This game for the iPhone features loads of geeky homages, fun gameplay, and enough campiness to found a state park—and at a smooth price to match.
M iPhone app review found that the basic gameplay behind Warp Jam is simple to understand, but very difficult to master. You’re in charge of a single block of space, and within your chunk of the Void various objects (including Winnebagos, meteors, and superheroes) will float by. It is your task to ensure there are no collisions within your designated area. To do this, you will either need to hurry an object along by shooting it in the direction its going, or stop it dead with a tap until the coast is clear. If any two objects collide—be it an asteroid explosion or an interstellar fender-bender—the game hands you a big, fat fail, and you’re forced to take your ball and go home.
The gameplay offered in Warp Jam is very smooth, and I had a great deal of fun playing around with the app. It reminded me most of other traffic controlling apps, like City Traffic HD. However, unlike some of its more famous cousins, Warp Jam does get a bit tiresome very quickly. The app features only one level, and unlockables are few and far between. Not to say the app isn’t fun: It certainly is! However, a bit more of a carrot-on-a-stick would have been appreciated.
If you fall under the House of Geek, you will immediately love Warp Jam for its classic references. The app features the Space Ball’s Interstellar-RV, the Delorean from Back to the Future, and even the classic Enterprise, each as a controllable object. The app is also campy to the extreme, sporting an 80’s sci-fi metal font and whacked-out animations. I appreciated the fact that Warp Jam is compatible with both Game Center and Open Feint, however I still wish the app featured more levels. In-app purchases add new flavor to the game, but as there’s still nothing new to accomplish past earning a higher score, the app offers slight replay value after only several goes.
Despite my complaints, Warp Jam is one-hundred percent free in the AppStore and is sans adverts—a pleasing combination no matter what the palette. Warp Jam features excellent, if sometimes tiresome gameplay, a fun interface with loads of classic references, and some truly excellent in-app purchases. At a nothing-to-lose price, there’s no reason not to give Warp Jam a try, even if just to hear the hilarious in-app chatter.
Warp Jam requires iOS 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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