Pocket Trucks: Written iPad App Review
With winter swiftly descending upon us, we’ve been on the lookout for a right proper arcade game to while away the hours with while curled up in an armchair with our iPhone. Thankfully, we’ve got just the thing to beat that seasonal affective disorder. If you’re feeling a big sad, you might have a look at Pocket Trucks by developer Ganymede. The app is a near perfect combination of fun, rambunctiousness and endless gameplay. Best of all, it’s fairly priced, too! For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break.
Concept and Gameplay
At its heart, we suppose we have to mention that Pocket Trucks is first and foremost a side scroller. At least in the sense that it starts you at one end of the level, and then requires you to find the other. To achieve this, you’ll be driving some of the most fun dune-buggy trucks this side of Nevada. It’s a sprightly sort of experience, and one that’s peppered with many a jump and tumble.
What makes all of this unique, though, is the control scheme. The app has you moving the truck both forward and backward indiscriminately, as well as around the y-axis. In other words, you’ll be driving from left to right, but also in every other possible direction to. Along the way, you’ll acquire blissful powerups, careen through figure eights, accrue experience points, and upgrade your various vehicles. It’s every bit as fun as it sounds, and then some. In fact, we haven’t had this much fun playing with toy trucks since we were children. All in all, it’s a solid concept wrapped in some truly noteworthy gameplay.
Graphics and Design
Oddly enough, for a game that’s unbelievably concerned with making us feel like small children in a sandpit, Pocket Trucks looks pretty fantastic, as well. It’s got a certain cell-shaded aesthetic that ties in quite well with the rough and tumble gameplay and concept. Furthermore, the levels have been designed by a true level-mashing master: The developers have obviously spent a great deal of time refining the layouts, and the end result is a blast from beginning to end every time. All in all, we have very little to complain about here: Simple controls, beautiful graphics, and a heap of quality levels.
The absolute best part of Pocket Trucks however is its price. The app will only cost you a dollar in the App Store, which is an absolutely insane steal for those in the mood. If you’ve been craving an all-out romp through ye olden arcade gaming on the iPhone and iPad, there’s no better title out there right now than Pocket Trucks. It’s priced perfectly, it’s designed well, and it’s a blast to play.
Pocket Trucks 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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