iPhone Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
DropX, developed by Severino Mendoza, is a brand-new side scrolling strategy game for iPhone. Featuring a creative outer space theme and a unique gameplay style, DropX is definitely an interesting game to play.
Concept and Gameplay:
To play DropX, simply choose from one of the 20 available levels and get ready to dodge bad guys and rescue your best friend Driplet. The game shows you an overview of the level thanks to neat camera effects, but this is more than just eye candy.
Strategists know that being able to figure out what’s ahead means you can plan for success. To help DropX, you need to draw clouds on the screen in order to carry him through the level. This has to be done with utmost care, though, because you’re very limited on how many clouds you can draw. You’ll find a portal at the end of the level which will take you to the next level.
Personally I found DropX to be incredibly hard. I played the game for quite a while and was unable to beat the first level. While some hard-core iPhone gamers might be excited about this, I know quite a few users will become frustrated with the game just like I did.
While it could very well be an error on my part, I definitely feel the game needs to be tweaked so it’s easier in the beginning. Also, I found that I was spending more time waiting for the game to start that I was actually playing it because DropX sends you back to the level select screen instead of automatically starting you at the level you just failed.
I believe the primary problem with DropX is that the game relies mostly on the clouds you need to draw in order to keep the character from falling to the bottom of the screen. It’s very easy to use up your allotted cloud material, and sometimes you have no choice but to let DropX perish.
If I had to make one recommendation that would likely solve the problem, I’d have to say it would be to make it so DropX would bounce every time he lands on a cloud.
Unfortunately DropX doesn’t include very many features and is a pretty basic game. I was disappointed to see that there’s a pretty detailed background story about the world of DropX on the app’s website, but almost none of it is integrated into the game. Personally I believe this is something that would be highly beneficial to overall gameplay.
Also, I’d love to see the addition of different difficulty modes and dash lines that show DropX’s travel path on each try. This would help players to gauge where they need to strategically place clouds in order to help the character reach the end of the level.
DropX can be downloaded from the App Store for $0.99. If you enjoy a good challenge go for it. For the more casual gamers, though, I recommend waiting for a few issues to be worked out in the next update before giving it a try. I also want to mention that I was very disappointed to see ads in the game, especially considering that it’s a paid app.
DropX requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 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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