Yumby Toss: Written iPhone App Review
If you’ve been hankering for a new physics-based game that can keep you enamored for hours, look no further. The new Yumby Toss iPhone app from PlayGearz Inc. has all the charm of an early Angry Birds, with brighter, more interesting graphics and plenty of variety.
Concept & Gameplay:
In Yumby Toss the idea is to toss various types of Yumbys (adorable gelatinous characters of various sizes, shapes and skills) across the sky, collecting all the stolen cake as you go along. It’s not a horribly original idea, flinging things across a screen and collecting goodies, but I think this app manages to make the theme feel fresh in several ways.
For starters, I love the cute Yumby characters. To be honest, there are so many I quite lost track while paging through the Yumby dictionary, but you’ll have plenty of time to become acquainted as you traverse the app’s five unique worlds.
Then there’s the game’s Game Center integration and unlockable achievements, both big favorites of mine. I like the clever play on natural forces that the game invokes as you move along, and, to be frank, it’s a lot of fun to play this game. There’s also a set of boosts you can unlock and buy to make playing easier. I think the app might get difficult a bit too quickly, after letting players scoot through the first simple set of puzzles, but a bit of adjusting could fix that quite easily. Overall, I’m quite tickled with the quality and variety of fun this app puts forward for gamers.
Layout & Design:
A truly universal app, Yumby Toss has the unique advantage of being extraordinarily well designed and executed. I love the color, vibrancy and variety you find here. Each new unlockable locale is quite distinct, and beautiful. I did find myself a bit annoyed with the game’s physics, which I found a bit inconsistent. That might have more to do with the fact that you toss Yumbys from different positions, which is quite frustrating. A standard launch spot could take some of the guess work and annoyance out of this game quite easily.
During a special two-week introduction, Yumby Toss can be yours free of charge. It is worth mentioning that the unlock system and series of boosts available in this app could very well be money pits, waiting to plunge your pockets. But I think if you play smart and marshal your resources, you can make progress at Yumby Toss without paying a bundle.
After a very thorough series of tests, I find Yumby Toss delightful, entertaining and visually stunning. If you love physics tossers, you simply must get this game.
Yumby Toss 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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