Price: $.99 Score: 10/10 By M. Schusterman
The best way I can think of to describe Doodle God? This is one weird, creative, oddly addictive game.
Designed by JoyBits Ltd, Doodle God proves that as far as ideas for games goes, developers are still churning out completely unique stuff. To really get a feel for what the app is about, I’d recommend watching their preview on YouTube.
Basically, you are Doodle God, creator of your own doodle universe. You begin with the four basic elements – water, air, fire and earth. Tap any two elements to watch them collide, creating an entirely new element. For example, water and air collide to make steam. Earth and fire collide to create lava.
And each of these new elements collide with others to make even more elements – in fact, from the four basic elements you can end up with 140 total. Sounds easy, but it’s not only surprisingly challenging, it’s addictive as well.
I adore the graphics for this game – detailed and beautiful, but with an understated look. The music and sound effects are equally classy. It’s also a great app for those who like games where figuring out how to play only takes a few seconds.
What’s fascinating is how much thought and planning must have gone into the elements – as you create more and more, your elements become more complex, from clay to plasma, energy, beetles, and even humans. Another feature I love is that each time you create a new element, a relevant (and usually somewhat humorous) quote is displayed.
The number of elements you have is tracked at the top of the screen, and you can tap the list icon at the bottom to see your “Reactions History” – useful, because after a few dozen it becomes quite difficult to remember which combinations you’ve already made. Based on the quality of the graphics alone, I was honestly surprised to see this game is only a dollar. Highly recommended for strategy game fans.
Doodle God requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.