Enjoy Festival: iPhone App Written and Video Review
While creating the review for Enjoy Festival (Mpeople) we had a bear of a time deciding what tone to take with the app. You see, Enjoy Festival is hardly what one would call a “great game” for the iPhone. In fact, there’s a lot not to like about it. But on the other hand, it’s doing something so whacky and so colorful on our phone that it’s really quite hard to miss. In other words, this is an app to be experienced, if for no other reason than it’s a real trip—as the youths might say. Either way, you’ll find our full review and thoughts below, just beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
the basic idea behind Enjoy Festival goes something like this. You’re tasked with slapping the hundred little dog faces that float by on the screen, but only the ones that have their tongue stuck out at you. Tap one with its tongue in place, and you’re looking at a penalty or a game over. This sounds simple enough, but Enjoy Festival hardly leaves things there. On each of the app’s twelve stages, you’ll find yet another flurry of objects getting in the way, making it harder and harder to pop the little buggers. The higher up in the stages you go, the harder it gets to avoid the paper plans, hammers, soccer balls, shoes, etc. that get in your way. You’ll also find more and more “safe” faces that should not be slapped. In other words, the game does add quite a lot of difficulty, wrapped in a real flurry of motion.
Design and Graphics
So what’s wrong with Enjoy Festival? Well, if we had to describe the app’s gameplay, we’d firstly call it manic. You see, neither rhyme nor reason play a large part in the gameplay. On a more practical note, the gameplay itself does not change between stages, leaving you with somewhat of a repetitive experience that does in fact get old very quickly. But on the other hand, there is something engaging about the whole affair. The bright colors, the wild objects: All of it adds up to one incredibly zany and oddly entertaining mix that we can’t stay away from. However, we would still like a little variation in the pace and style of the gameplay before we’ll call this one a winner.
It’s odd to say, but in our eyes, even the dollar that Enjoy Festival costs is perhaps too much. The app’s gameplay is repetitive, the graphics a bit shoddy, and though the entertainment value is added in, it’s perhaps not enough to warrant the expenditure. That being said, if you’re looking for something off-the-wall and totally from left field, you won’t do any better than Enjoy Festival. The app is certainly an experience, and one it will only cost a dollar to test drive.
Enjoy Festival requires iOS 4.1 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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