Stone Age: iPhone Video App Review
If you’ve ever felt the urge to club a woman over the head and drag her back to your cave, have a thing for wearing bearskins or just like the thrill of the hunt, do we have an app for you. In Stone Age you’ll play as the typical Neanderthal man: hunting, fixing up caves for your many wives and looking after a village of people dependent on your mad food getting skills. Sound like something you’re interested in? Our iPhone app review of this title from PANDRA might be the perfect way to unleash your inner cave man.
Whoever said hunting, providing for a village and defending yourself from prehistoric beasts was so easy a cave man could do it was grossly underestimating the difficulty of the time. Stone Age combines a few different gameplay aspects to create something altogether different. Not only will you enjoy an arcade style action game where you defeat a wide variety of wild beasts, you’ll also build a civilization and, of course, collect many wives and other useful villagers.
It’s obvious that the folks who created Stone Age have a healthy sense of humor. The gameplay is pretty fun. You shoot and defend from attacking monsters, and navigate with a simple tilt of your favorite iOS device. While hunting you run one continual board, which randomizes to give you a fresh influx of beasts, crags, attacks and boosts as you go. At least you’ll always be on your toes, much like the cave man of yore.
We think the app could take the builder aspect a bit further, but even without a highfalutin system of caves, the navigating and monster defeating is pretty fun. Not the most inventive or unique game we’ve ever played, but still a solid app.
Layout & Design:
The game graphics in this app are pretty sharp. We approve of the randomized location settings (magic forest, lava cave and snow mountains, to be specific) and the variety of beasts you’ll come across in your travels. The game sound board and theme is pretty spot on. This is stone age chic, folks. And it ain’t half bad.
We had one very minor run in with the app functionality-wise. It randomly closed while we were playing, but only once, and we were playing for quite a while. It’s hard to be grumpy at the app for one tiny mistake, so we won’t be.
We did wonder why the continue option costs some coin but does not seem to start you out where you were in a run.
Downloading and playing Stone Age is free, however building out your dream cave and scoring an optimal number of villagers and stone age wenches could be a bit more pricey. While you can certainly gain food to unlock and add to your village, the temptation of making an in-app purchase for faster results will be strong.
Whether you give in or stay strong, the app’s a pretty great value, and definitely worth checking out while it’s free.
Stone Age iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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