Can a Flying Squirrel Save the Day? Find Out in Momonga Pinball Adventures – iPad Game Review

momongaMomonga Pinball Adventures mixes cute characters and a compelling storyline with action-oriented pinball gameplay. In this app players take on the roll of Momo, a flying squirrel who is determined to defeat the forces of evil after a band of wicked owls turned his village into ashes.

To go along with the sweet characters and the endearing plot line, Momonga Pinball Adventures features a unique muted art style and crisp, hand drawn graphics that look fantastic on all of Apple’s devices.

Like any pinball game, keeping the ball from hitting the gutter is of the utmost importance. This is styled like a traditional pinball machine – you will shoot Momo from the side of the screen by pulling back and releasing your finger, and from there, you will control the flippers that are located to the left and right of each area.

These are controlled by simple taps, and I found that the controls were responsive, quick to react, and easy to use. Each level is divided into several areas that you must navigate, gathering stars, breaking barriers, and hitting key spots to advance.

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Levels are dynamic, and some of them even expand on traditional pinball gameplay to incorporate other gaming elements. For example, since Momo is a flying squirrel, the game takes advantage of the gliding mechanic. In some instances, Momo will glide through portions of the level, and at this point, you will use tilt motion controls to steer him towards his goal, grabbing stars as you go.

The tilt motion controls are equally easy to use, and these small breaks in the gameplay serve to keep Momonga from becoming repetitive. Every level also has a series of goals to complete, another aspect that adds a bit of a challenge to the game.

As with any pinball game, finishing all of the goals, attaining a high score, and hitting all of the targets can be a daunting task, and Momonga is no exception. You will encounter levels that are frustrating, Momo will fall between the flippers, and you will need to replay parts of the game. Momonga is not perfect by any means, though I did appreciate the variation in level design and the clever use of obstacles.

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Momonga Pinball Adventures features nine unique levels in all, each with five challenges to complete, so there is quite a bit of gameplay to finish. The game also has leaderboards and Game Center achievements so you can compete with your friends. When you’ve finished the achievements and the main game, you can play the infinite bonus level as much as you like.

What I liked: I’m a sucker for adorable graphics, and this game features quite a few lovable characters, like Momo the flying squirrel (or Momonga, hence the name of the app!), Fry the firefly, Panda the panda, and Guaka the molerat. I was also pleased to see that there were no in-app purchases or addons of any type.

What I didn’t like: Momonga can be frustrating at times, but that is true of any pinball game. It’s never fun to bounce off of something unexpected and fall from the grasp of the flippers having to restart, but that’s how the game goes. I would have liked to see a bit more of a true pinball experience – the gameplay at times could be a little bit slow.

To buy or not to buy: This fun little casual game is well designed, challenging, and well worth the purchase, even if you’re not typically a pinball fan. Children will also have a great time playing Momonga Pinball Adventures.

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