CrossWolf: iPhone Written App Review
Ready for a runner that will seriously challenge your coordination, timing and other leet gamer skills? Then look no further than the recently updated runner from Blazing Soft called CrossWolf. In CrossWolf, only the daring will survive, as you navigate platforms by leaping with precision and skill.
Forget about apps that make running look simple. The CrossWolf iPhone app combines platform navigation with the constant action of a runner. And it throws in bad guys, crazy boosts, attack moves, achievements and more just to keep the game well rounded.
From the get-go, this runner sets itself apart from the pack by demanding on an elevated skill level and amount of precision that’s darn-near daunting. The message is clear: only pros need apply. CrossWolf breaks gameplay up into different levels, each of which reveals new skills, mobs and abilities. There’s also a coin system, and purchasable boosts that can help make navigating this app more exciting.
I did think the game’s sensitivity was a bit skewed, and didn’t like the fact that if you land on the edge of a ledge, instead of clawing your way up and keeping your run going, the game counts it as an instant out. Again, I appreciate the app’s insistence on skills, but found myself wishing for a bit more ease of play.
Layout & Design:
The two-dimensional graphics of this app are clear enough to make keeping track of your ranging wolf a snap even when the screen gets busy. The game interface and navigation to the app’s store and equipment inventory was a bit foggier. I think that portion of the app could use a bit of a facelift, if only to make it clearer on the iPhone’s small screen.
In general, I found the wolf-beast motif and snappy retro-vibed music of the game enjoyable. The variety on the app’s levels was applaudable, even if each level is not randomized.
Currently priced at just $.99, I think CrossWolf is a solid value for gamers who want an app that will keep them challenged and dig the runner genre. I’ve seen apps that were easier to play before, but there’s definitely something to be said for a game that makes you work for those achievements.
That being said, I do think CrossWolf would benefit by making the intro level a bit easier to get through for newbie gamers, and that some of the gameplay features could use a bit of tweaking to improve the game as a whole.
CrossWolf 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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