How often can you say that all in a day’s work you controlled a crab who ended up becoming a hero? If the answer is never, then this app is about to change your life! While that may sound a little goofy, that is exactly the tone of this app. Brought to you by the folks at Coca-Cola, Crabs and Penguins is a whimsical adventure game that has you bringing a lost soccer ball and as many sand dollars and other bonuses as possible to a group of penguins that are very happy to see you (making friends with whales and polar bears along the way)!
This game will have you addicted before you can say “crab running on the water atop a spinning soccer ball.” Make your crab jump, swim and dive his way through an obstacle course of pirate ships and oceanic predators in an effort to grab as much loot as you can (where he stores it we aren’t completely sure). Don’t worry too much about making your little crap jump too high, if he needs it, there is a little parachute fashioned for him to always give him a gentle landing.
The controls for the game are straightforward and easy to master, with a virtual button on each side of the screen: one to go up (jump) and one to go down (swim and dive, depending on how often you press it).
Unfortunately for those of you with first generation iPads (and any iPhone other than the 4S), you will not be able to enjoy this app.
What I liked: The 3D-style graphics in this game are beautiful and will engage you even on their own.
What I didn’t like: The app description from the App Store tells you that you can click and hold the jump “button” in order to float through the sky to collect a larger number of sand dollars, but this hint doesn’t seem to be given anywhere in the game. This makes it harder for children and anybody with a memory like mine to remember this a few minutes after downloading it.
To buy or not to buy: If you have loved the Coca-Cola characters from their many years of advertising (when you think of Santa Clause or polar bears are they always drinking an ice cold Coke now?), you will love Crabs and Penguins!
- App Name: Crabs and Penguins
- Version Reviewed: 1.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Coca-Cola
- Price: Free