Catch the Face: iPhone App Written Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we really like arcade games. There’s something about them that truly gets us going, which is why we’re tickled pink to introduce you today to Catch the Face, by developer LL Technologies. The game offers a unique concept combined with cute graphics and a simple interface. It’s not without its problems, but in our eyes, it’s still a worthy title to add to any gamer’s repertoire. So without further ado, slide on down below the break to view what we have to say about this brightly animated arcade game for iPhone!
Concept and Gameplay
The idea behind Catch the Face may take hours upon hours to master, but believe it or not, it really does only take a few seconds to learn. Essentially, the player stares at a track with a glowing bit at the end. As the game starts, various face shapes will head towards the glowing side. When they reach this portion, the player must tap the corresponding face on either side of the track before the shape disappears. Doing so correctly will earn the player points. Doing so incorrectly will dock the player a penalty, which enough of will end the game. All in all, it’s really quite simple.
However, things very quickly pick up from here. For instance, the game offers four unique game modes, all of which are really quite different enough to be relevant. Furthermore, obstacles to be avoided or obtained are a great addition to the mix that work to keep things fresh. Couple all of this with the sheer complexity of juggling several objects at once as they careen down the track, and you’ve got yourself a seriously good arcade package for the iPhone.
Design and Graphics
We have to admit, though, we simply aren’t great fans of the looks of the app. For instance, we liked the animations and level layout, but on the whole we found the app just a bit amateurish. We think a few hours spent with a professional design firm could easily iron these kinks out. We also disliked the level pacing: The game can easily be called a challenge, but in our eyes, it’s simply not been adjusted very well. We found it nearly impossible to correctly juggle any more than five faces and objects at once, meaning we were nearly instantly overwhelmed and unable to continue. This is problematic, and at its core, it prevents from truly enjoying the game.
At the end of the day, though, Catch the Face is still an entertaining and solid gaming concept. We believe beyond a doubt that as future updates iron out the graphics and pacing of the game, it will very quickly come into its own as a proper iOS classic. And to be fair, Catch the Face is not far from this point as is: The concept is fun and engaging, and with some minor tweaks to the interface, it can very easily grow into its own shoes.
Catch the Face requires iOS 5.0 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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