Price: $ .99
Alien: Doodle UFO by developer Morning Egg falls under the same physics-based umbrella as other popular iPhone titles like Angry Birds, or the latter’s myriad attaché of clones. That being said, Alien: Doodle UFO trades in puzzling strategy for all-out action, keeping players on the edge of their seats. The game isn’t perfect—neither is it particularly quick—but its incredible graphics and fun style keep it afloat. Check below for our full review of this sketchy app for the iPhone.
Concept and Gameplay
Alien: Doodle UFO has players defending the planet—or whatever location happens to be at hand—from hordes of alien invaders using nothing but a slingshot, their aim, and a certain determination. Enemies approach from the right, and players must blast the oncoming troops with a slingshot positioned at the left.
In this sense, the app is a lot like Angry Birds. The concept at work involves a slingshot and a certain amount of targets, but unlike its avian cousin, Alien: Doodle UFO has players taking pock shots at moving targets that can prove quite lethal if left unattended.
The physics, it’s worth noting, aren’t nearly as fluid in Alien: Doodle UFO as they are in Angry Birds. Where the latter feels natural and intuitive, the former takes a fair amount of getting used to. In all cases, it felt like my bullets were floating toward their targets, rather than being pulled along in a sensical, gravity-based way. I constantly aimed lower than I thought necessary, as no other method kept the projectile on the mark.
Alien: Doodle UFO does include a pretty cool upgrades system, though. There’s an handful of available bullets and slingshots for the user to unlock and purchase, which stacks up to an engaging carrot on a stick. Game Center integration is also tied onto the bundle, bringing competitive online play and achievements (Can I get a cheer for that?) to the mix.
Design and Graphics
I know I’m a stickler for this kind of thing, but the in-app English is absolutely terrible. If the developers had cleared Alien: Doodle UFO with a native speaker first, almost all of the awkward phrase issues could have been cleared up.
Thankfully, poor grammar doesn’t detract from the app’s absolutely amazing graphics. The sketchbook art style is gorgeous, and the wide range of scenery, enemies, and projectiles makes Alien: Doodle UFO one of the prettiest iPhone titles we have ever seen.
Clocking in at a dollar in the App Store, Alien: Doodle UFO is an hard app to argue with. If you like physics titles for the iPhone, you’ll adore the game’s art style and fun gameplay. Though it’s not perfect (load times especially are perturbing) Alien: Doodle UFO still offers enough innovation and quirky style to be relevant.
Alien: Doodle UFO 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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