Jungool: iPhone App Written Review
You know what genre we’d love to see more of on the iPhone and iPad? Platformers! We can’t get enough of these gems from our childhood, and rare is the genuinely engaging title on iOS that hauls in our interest. Thankfully, though, the developers at Headsoft feel our pain, and have created the truly ingenious platforming masterpiece Jungool. The app comes with gorgeous graphics, a heap of levels, and more than enough jumping, diving, and puzzling to keep our itchy bones satisfied. If you’re a fan of the genre—or of quality iPhone games in general—stick around while we divulge our full thoughts on Jungool below, just after the break.
Concept and Gameplay
The story behind Jungool is somewhat blasé, involving a plot to destroy the world, spurred by an evil jaguar god with a taste for coconut kiddies. However, beneath the thin plot is a mountain of rock-solid gameplay. The app has players assuming the identity of Wagga, a palm nut-esque creature led through the game by another coconut-y shaman. Players must guide Wagga using the included joystick, directing him across platforms, around obstacles and baddies, and ultimately to the prized masks the characters talk so much about. These masks can be assumed by Wagga, allowing for unique powers and specials depending on the mask. Typically, these masks allow the player to progress to a new area of the level, or to accomplish a given task. All in all, it’s an incredibly engaging mix, and one we can’t help but call fun.
On another note, we loved how the game bases its levels around certain missions. This might be destroying a single enemy, or solving a puzzle, but no matter how you slice it, this level of organization brings more than just free-running platform jumping to the table. It’s a unique way of stacking the gameplay, and we simply couldn’t get enough of it.
Graphics and Controls
Best of all, Jungool comes with an incredible graphics set, to boot. The app features a very heavy Aztec theme, and it certainly suites the gameplay well. We loved the jungle environments, as well as the rich detail, especially on the iPhone’s Retina display. We did find the joystick controls somewhat sensitive, but after several minutes of solid gameplay, we did manage to get the hang of things. All together, we loved the art style, as well as the simplicity in control scheme. The game takes only seconds to learn, but with such rich level and puzzle design, potentially hours to master—as well as many more hours to actually play!
All in all, Jungool is an incredible value at the dollar it costs in the App Store. If you’re a fan of the genre, or are just looking for a new way to kill the morning commute, Jungool is the ideal candidate. The app is rich, gorgeous, loaded to the gills with levels, and costs less than a Starbucks latte. All in all, it’s a four out of five for Jungool, as well as a hearty recommendation.
Jungool 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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