Emily the Strange: Skating Strange: iPhone App Video Review
Not all that long ago, the author was once an alienated artist in high school, carrying around his Tim Burton obsession and skateboard in both hands. Now, he may have grown up a bit, but that doesn’t mean the odd combination that is Emily the Strange (DTP Young Entertainment) doesn’t grab his heart like a present on Christmas Day. The game’s unique combination of dark visuals, lusty graphics, skateboarding gameplay, and abundant extras makes it easily worth the dollar it costs, as well as the many hours you’ll spend playing it. All in all, feel free to jump below the break to view our whole thought on this killer shredding game for the iPhone.
Concept and Gameplay
First and foremost, Emily the Strange is an iPhone title wrapped around the delightful comic series of the same name. The comic is known for its dark nature, gritty graphics, and wonderfully strange protagonist. As an iPhone game, Emily the Strange keeps all of this intact, rolling it all up under the guise of a skateboarding game for iOS. The end result is an arcade-style, side-scrolling jumper of an iPhone game that blends dark and mysterious levels with an incredibly addictive nature.
Aside from its quirky motif, the app itself is rather straightforward. Players press one button to send Emily rolling down the level. They press and flick another to have her performing tricks of various kinds. Along the way, they’ll snag grind poles, power-ups, and other collectibles to enhance the gameplay. It’s quick, easy to learn, and endlessly engaging. Best of all, with an included level-editor, Game Center integration, and a wealth of boards to collect, we have a feeling the game’s fans will be coming back for more quite often.
Design and Graphics
We really can’t say this enough: Emily the Strange is gorgeous on the iPhone. The graphics are wonderfully dark and exactly representative of the comic series, while the animations are loose, fluid, and wholly fun. The levels have been well thought out, and though at times the obstacles can be a bit hard to see, we hardly cared for the incredibly detailed backgrounds. It’s the small touches that make Emily the Strange, from the level design right down to the way the protagonist thumps her fist on the ground when she messes up a trick. All in all, with Emily the Strange you’re not just playing a game, you’re gaining a look into another world.
Best of all, Emily the Strange costs about a quarter of a Starbucks latte. For that money, you’ll get a wealth of gameplay, incredible graphics, and the chance to sink your teeth into the strangely delightful realm of Emily the Strange. This one comes highly recommended, and is a definite must-have.
Emily the Strange requires iOS 4.0 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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