In their latest title, Chillingo wonders if you can “survive the jungle and catch the ark?” With brilliantly simple on-screen controls, you will help navigate your way through jungle rapids while fighting against “outrageous hazards, hungry enemies, and even grumpy old Noah himself.”
To say this game is fast-paced is a tremendous understatement. From the moment you kick off your adventure, the twists and turns you take traveling down the water are exciting and addictive.
The controls are very simple, requiring only that you tap on either side of your iPad screen to slide your raft from side to side. This interface simplicity is what really makes the game fantastic because it gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the colorful graphics and truly amazing sense of movement you get from the animation (the water actually feels rough and you get a true sense of your raft dropping down and flying from side to side as you travel forward trying to catch up to Noah’s ark).
Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that as you put your creature friends in danger, they are screaming for their lives and looking back at you in terror!
As if you needed more reasons to keep from putting this game down, as you fly across the water (dodging obstacles like hungry crocodiles, snapping fish, explosive barrels, great big rocks and even dinosaurs looking for a snack from the shores) there are coins to collect that will let you purchase power-ups and new boats (like a rubber ducky or hovercraft) in-app.
What I liked: Like many Chillingo apps before this one, Catch the Ark is marvelously whimsical, colorful and energetic.
What I didn’t like: This would be a fantastic game for children if there were different modes to choose from (like an easier and slower paced option). Also, given the way your raft bounces and glides over the rapids, anybody prone to motion sickness type feelings may have difficulty playing this game.
To buy or not to buy: Any app that gives you a smile on your face and gets your toes tapping before you have even started playing it is a must-have for your iPad.
- App Name: Catch the Ark
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Chillingo Ltd
- Price: $0.99