Practice Up for the London 2012 Olympics with the Official Mobile Game

London 2012 - Official Mobile GameDo you look forward to the Olympic games every time they come around? Use the London 2012 app to try your hand (literally) at several summer Olympic events, including: 100M, 110M Hurdles, 100m Freestyle, Double Trap, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, 100m Butterfly, Kayak (K1) and Archery.

Begin by creating a character (with stats entirely more impressive than your own) and see how you fair through the various events. You start by selecting your primary skill (either strength, balance, agility, accuracy, flexibility or mentality) and try to improve yourself as the games progress.

To extend your game play, as you compete in each event, the app allows you to choose from training, Olympic and challenge modes. While it may be tempting to jump right into Olympic mode, a little practice will serve you well as it can be very difficult to master these events. (I personally rocked the 100M but showed zero skill with the 100m Freestyle!)

Good results earn stars (though they can also be purchased for a small fee in-app) which can then be spent in the store on items like food and clothing that allow you to customize your character. Don’t want to wait until you’ve improved your strength or agility? Characters can also be purchased for a fee from inside the app.

What I liked: Locker view will let you view all of your medals and personal best scores along with changing into your new clothes!

What I didn’t like: While I enjoyed the colorful and animated graphics within this game, I think it is a bit of a stretch to say that it includes authentic looking venues. The sets are very cartoon-ish and not terribly realistic.

To buy or not to buy: If you want to strike the Olympic mood, this app will bring many hours of enjoyment.


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