Anitopia: Written iPad App Review
It’s animals versus humans in a gaming battle to the finish in the new universal iPhone app from Roamza, Anitopia. This title combines the best of several popular gaming styles into one single title with plenty of action.
Anitopia is like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja and Plants Vs. Zombies all in one. Only it’s a farm full of animals versus the world, and you are the tireless general leading them on to victory!
An active, humorous storyline helps move this app along. Your job is to help the animals overthrow the mean humans who are working them to death on a farm. First, you’ll fling cows at humans and caged animals, freeing the animals and knocking the bad human types out of the way in a slingshot style game.
Then, it’s on to tower defense style fun as you arrange your defenses in lines to ward off rampaging farmers and cowboys. Work fast to save the horses and keep the bad guys out of the barn to win. Finally, the farmers and cowboys turn on you! Flinging fruit and veggies, bombs, eggs and more in a slice and dice slash to the finish.
Each of Anitopia’s three zones follow this gaming pattern, and it’s a whole lot of fun. If you prefer a certain type of gaming, you can always choose your level. There’s also GameCenter integration for global rankings, and plenty of built-in social media share opportunities.
Layout & Design:
Thanks to simple, yet fluid design, Anitopia is fun and simple to play. There are helpful hints that make learning how to play easy that pop up along the way, making the games highly accessible for gamers of all levels of expertise.
Anitopia is also truly universal, meaning it looks super sweet on the iPad but translates well to smaller screens on iPhones and iPod touches as well.
I must recommend a few things: first, there is a zoom out feature in the slingshot game type that makes it much easier to toss cows with more accuracy. Secondly: this app may not be ideal for kids, as there is an in-app currency and you can’t access the second and third zones without making some kind of-in app purchase. Proceed with caution!
At a cost of $.99, Anitopia is priced to move. It’s worth noting that the tower defense game play depends on how many coins you have, which you can earn by completing the slingshot game. There are lot of places where the gameplay style in Anitopia prompts you to spend some real green on in-app green.
It’s also a bit of a bummer that no matter how well you play, you only get the first zone included in the price of the app. You can unlock the second and third zones by spending $.99, or buying a coin pack, which start at $.99.
Why not just price the game at $1.99 and call it a day? I’m not sure. But the pricing structure does make this app slightly less kid-friendly, so parents be aware.
Anitopia iPhone app requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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