Captain Antarctica features a penguin that is on a mission to save his wife and kids, who have been kidnapped.
In order to rescue them, Captain Antarctica has teamed up with a crazy inventor, strapping on a fish powered scuba suit to dive down deep into the ocean, heading off after his family while avoiding dangerous enemies and obstacles.
This is a tilt motion game, so you will control the jetpack-powered penguin by tilting your iPad back and forth. Tilt left to move left and tilt right to move right. It’s a game with simple controls that work well. It’s painless to control, so unlike most tilt motion games, you can focus solely on the gameplay. If you happen to dislike tilt controls, you’re able to shift to a joystick control scheme.
The goal in the game is to guide the penguin towards fish, which power his jetpack. You will need to gather as many fish as possible, while avoiding obstacles like rocks and spiny fish, which will put a quick end to the penguin.
As in other endless runner type games like Jetpack Joyride, there are a series of challenges to complete, such as gobbling up a certain number of fish or making it a set distance. Completing these challenges will reward you with coins.
You’ll also be rewarded with coins as you complete levels, and these coins are used to purchase power ups and additional items, such as new jetpacks, for your penguin. Power ups, such as fish magnets and shields, will help you on your journey.
You will need to earn plenty of coins to make these purchases, but if you’re impatient, you can use real life money to buy currency for a quick boost. The game is eager to tempt you into in-app purchases, and is very heavy handed with the “Store” prompts.
You do earn coins at a decent rate, but the game is noticeably harder without the boosts you get from bonus items, so I do wish that the developers hadn’t put such an emphasis on getting folks to shell out extra cash.
Aside from that, this is a solid endless runner (or diver), with quite a few levels plus achievements to earn and leader boards to top.
What I liked: Captain Antarctica has fantastic Retina graphics that look great on Apple’s newest iPad. It’s got great character design and a fun theme.
What I didn’t like: This is a run of the mill game that does not stand out from a slew of other games in the App Store. It doesn’t do anything new, and it doesn’t add anything to the endless runner genre. Captain Antarctica is also not a universal app, so you’ll be paying an extra dollar for the privilege of playing on your iPad.
To buy or not to buy: If you’re looking for a simple tilt motion game that you can pick up and play for a few minutes at a time, this is a decent choice. Just be warned that it’s nothing you haven’t played before.
- App Name: Captain Antarctica
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: FDG Mobile Games
- Price: $1.99