As another contender behind a long line of Angry Birds clones, Beaver’s Revenge is perhaps the best we’ve seen to date. The iPhone app comes with genuinely unique graphics, a competent physics system, and enough innovation to make the title interesting. The game will still most appeal to those that simply can’t get enough slingshot action, but Beaver’s Revenge is (thankfully) anything but a halfhearted rip-off of an iOS classic.
Concept and Gameplay
My iPhone app review found that Beaver’s Revenge is most similar in concept and gameplay to the classic iOS hit Angry Birds. Players are asked to shoot various fish using a slingshot placed along the left side of the screen. Their targets are the lumberjacks along the right, as well as the various fortresses and vehicles those Men in Plaid have erected. To complete each level, users must destroy all the lumberjacks. Higher scores are earned by destroying more of the fortifications, or for hitting special triggers, like TNT.
Obviously, the title draws a lot from its predecessors. That being said, Beaver’s Revenge is easily as much fun as the original. This is due to the app’s stellar 3D graphics, as well as its fully functional physics engine. The slingshot physics don’t feel quite as good as the original, but they’re still much better than other offerings we’ve seen in the App Store.
Beaver’s Revenge is a bit short on further innovations, though: There aren’t nearly as many special units, and the variations in fortification, though more creative than others, aren’t quite as plentiful as Angry Birds. Beaver’s Revenge does come with both Open Feint and Game Center integration, though, which is a godsend for the application.
Design and Graphics
Beaver’s Revenge, as mentioned, sports the absolute best graphics we have ever seen in an Angry Birds clone. The game’s 3D, woods-themed artwork looks fantastic on the iPhone, and even better on the iPad. With three different game worlds, to boot, the scenery only gets better with play.
We would have liked to see a bit more tweaking in the physics department, however. Though the game is easy to control (simply draw back the slingshot to fire a fish) the projectile flies a bit jagged once released. Beaver’s Revenge errs on the side of a quick fall back to earth, rather than Angry Birds emphasis on floating gently toward the target. Sadly for Beaver’s Revenge, we prefer the latter.
Overall Value and Fun
At the end of the day, Beaver’s Revenge clocks in at $1.99 in the App Store. The cost of entry is obviously higher than its one dollar archenemies, making the app a bit of a hard sell. Considering its predecessor offers much more content, as well as a host of frequent updates, Beaver’s Revenge will most likely appeal to those that have already conquered Angry Bird’s slopes, and are looking for a new, quality fix in its place.
Beavers’ Revenge requires iOS 3.2 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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