Cow Abduct: iPhone Written App Review
If you’re the kind of gamer who gets tired of fighting for humanity, it’s time to check out Cow Abduct. This simple, streamlined title from Games for Gummie let’s you find out what it’s like to play the alien. Collect cows for fuel. Ward off angry birds as they swoop at your space ship, and find out how long you can last in Cow Abduct.
In Cow Abduct you control a single space craft manned by a little green fella named Peter. Peter’s trapped in Earth’s atmosphere after an unfortunate fuel calculation. However, he learns that cows can fuel his ship. So begins his mission in Cow Abduct.
To be fair, other than providing a bit of colorful background, Peter’s backstory is kind of pointless. In Cow Abduct you tap and hold cows to suck them into your ship in an attempt to keep your fuel meter from bottoming out. As you collect, Earth’s birds will bombard your ship, so you must tap on them to fire and shoot them from the skies.
Although the storyline suggests that if Peter ever collects enough cows for fuel he’ll eventually be able to make it home, that is not the case. Your job is just to see how long you can keep Peter afloat. The best I was able to manage came in under the two minute mark, so Cow Abduct is a really short game as well. As much as I was inclined to like the game, I found myself boring with it rather quickly. I would have liked to see more variety, additional pasture scenes perhaps, or something to take this game up a notch to make it more interesting.
Cow Abduct integrates with Game Center, so it’s easy to see how your time stacks up against the competition. This game is simple, but it does require some strategy. As you play you’ll learn how to keep the delicate balance of cows versus shooting birds versus fuel tank levels aligned for optimal air time. The Cow Abduct iPhone app is good for a bit of straightforward gameplay.
Layout & Design:
Since Cow Abduct is such a simple game, you won’t be surprised when I tell you that the graphics and user interface are also pretty simple. The cartoon-style graphics are sharp and appropriately colorful without a lot of fussy over-working or gimmicks. One thing I did find myself annoyed with was the app’s text. It uses a bubble-style text that’s difficult to read on the iPhone’s small screen, and the app is not universal, so playing it on the iPad means either playing small or playing blurry. The help page is particularly difficult to read.
The app’s touch interface is simple and responsive. I didn’t run into any issues collecting cows or taking out birds.
For an app with a pretty quick game time and the prospect of endless gameplay, Cow Abduct is a fair value for a free app. Of course, getting the free version of the app does mean you’ll have to put up with annoying ads, which can be removed via in-app purchase if you so desire. I do suggest making the small purchase to rid yourself of apps if you find Cow Abduct to your liking. The small screen feel could use all the help it can get.
Cow Abduct 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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