Hero Up: iPhone App Written Review
There’s a rare niche in the App Store, but a niche that’s so sought after we can’t help but be flooded with its applications. This elusive category has been occupied by such greats as Angry Birds and Doodle Jump, and that category is—of course—the terribly-addictive, can’t-stop-playing viral app. Very few apps have hit this mark, but none have come closer than Hero Up by developer Joom Tech. The title isn’t yet iOS gold, but with a few modifications, we guarantee you it will be on everyone’s iDevice. For our full review of this up and coming application—no pun intended—check just beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
In a sense, Hero Up is best described as Doodle Jump flipped on its side: Rather than having players shoot directly upward into the clouds, Hero Up instead has them careening across both the x and y axis. This means your skateboarding avatar is shot both up and across the landscape, encountering objects that both float in the sky (or sometimes sink there, blocking your path) or rest along the ground to hinder your progress. All of this action is controlled using a simple joystick along the right side, as well as an handful of menu buttons tucked into the corners. These buttons control such various actions as using purchased power-ups or firing available weapons. All of these server to help the player shoot along, reaching new distances, new heights, and new achievements.
All in all, there’s an impressive amount of complexity offered here for a game concept that is inherently button-mashing. Though Hero Up is a simple title to “get,” it’s an entirely different matter to accurately judge and manage its various objects, power-ups, and pitfalls. There’s more than enough addictive nature here to hold our interest, but with a few design caveats.
Design and Controls
As fun as we found Hero Up, we just can’t seem to swing its sketchy viewing angles. There’s an extreme amount of objects lacing both the ground and the sky, however, we hardly saw any of it. This is because, during all of our rocketing around, we hardly had the time to notice an object before we slammed into it. All we’re asking is for a wider viewing angle, or at least one that’s more conducive to strategizing. With that in place, there’s absolutely nothing stopping Hero Up from being the next big App Store hit.
Overall Fun and Value
That being said, considering the low dollar price in the App Store, there’s no reason not to give Hero Up a test drive. It won’t break the bank, and it really is a blast to try on the iPhone. The price is right, and though the graphical interface is one great update away from being stellar, it’s not a deal breaker in our eyes. Hero Up is an iOS time bomb: Best to jump on the train now!
Hero Up requires iOS 3.1 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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