Willy Wattwurm: Written iPad Game Review
Even though the iPhone and iPad are considered to be technological powerhouses, some households refer to them as the primary sources of entertainment for youngsters. Why wouldn’t they? These devices are easy to manipulate, and it’s impossible to overlook the sheer number of great educational apps and games that are available to download.
Concept and Gameplay:
Young children will love playing Willy Wattwurm thanks to the simplicity of the game. Everything is visual, and no reading skills are required. This means the tiniest toddler can easily manipulate Willy Wattwurm. The goal of the game is to guide Willy across the beach to his sand castle home while dodging crabs and other obstacles and collecting stars. Each time you bump into a crab or seagull, Willy loses a life.
As far as graphics and sound effects, Willy Wattwurm features what looks to be like hand drawn scenery. While this might or might not appeal to everyone, I personally like the drawings. Sound effects are great, too, and definitely will keep children entertained.
As you progress through through the game, you can unlock new characters and difficulty levels as rewards. I found Willy Wattwurm to be a little challenging from the start, and youngsters might get agitated when they first start playing. However, the game definitely isn’t impossible to play and I imagine the added difficulty levels will provide a challenge for young ones who feel the game is too easy.
One of my favorite things about Willy Wattwurm is the tutorial kids can watch before playing the game. As I mentioned before, everything is totally visual and no reading skills are required. The tutorial does a good job at explaining how to manipulate Willy around the screen.
One feature I was disappointed about not seeing is the ability to see scores of individual levels. Similar to popular games like Angry Birds, performance is based on stars, so it would be great to see which levels might’ve been difficult to complete. Unfortunately Willy Wattwurm doesn’t allow this, and I definitely think it’s a feature that would enhance gameplay.
Lastly, Willy Wattwurm features Game Center integration so you can challenge your friends. Though this is a great feature for older and competitive players, I’m sure very young children won’t be too terribly concerned about conquering the leaderboards. However, according to the game’s App Store description, achievements will be available in future updates.
Willy Wattwurm can be downloaded from the App Store for only $0.99 and is universally compatible with both iPad and iPhone. Plus, you don’t have to worry about additional in-app purchases or pesky advertisements. If you’re a parent who is looking for a fun game to keep young ones entertained, I definitely recommend taking a look at Willy Wattwurm!
Willy Wattwurm is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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