There are so many games coming out in the App Store every day that it is difficult to find ones that aren’t simply clones of some other popular game. Although Tin Man Can isn’t exactly the most unique game ever to be created, it certainly is a refreshing change from the hundreds of castle defense, time management, and hidden object games that we see every day.
Players control the unicycling HoverBot, Tic, as he races against the clock, collecting Hovatrons and soaring through the air. Spend Hovatrons in the Hover Shop to trick out Tic’s outfit.
Tic moves forward automatically and players control his hoverability by touching the screen. When you tap the screen, Tic launches into the air. He can only hover for a short period of time because it costs a lot of energy. Hovatrons supply energy. Every time Tic picks up a Hovatron, he regains his energy and continues to float.
Sometimes, you’ll need to stay in the air for a long time, so you’ll have to keep collecting Hovatrons as you go. There are three energy cans on each level to collect, as well. Earn more points by gathering all three energy cans.
Collected Hovatrons can be used in the Hover Shop to alter Tic’s suit. You can give him a fancy new wheel, change the color of his exhaust clouds, and even buy “cheats,” like invincibility, a jet pack, and even a space ship. Cheats are pretty expensive. If you want a lot of Hovatrons, but don’t want to wait until you’ve earned them, you can buy a bunch through an in-app purchase.
The levels can be fairly difficult to get through. You have to have impeccable timing and an uncanny ability to aim your fall to make it to the next Hovatron without loosing all of your energy first.
This game is definitely entertaining. It is great for fans of simple arcade gameplay, but doesn’t feel like a remake of something that’s been done to death.
What I Liked: The graphics are good. The gameplay is smooth and doesn’t feel like a remake of other, popular games.
What I Didn’t Like: The game was frustratingly hard. I had the “want to throw my iPad at the wall” sensation multiple times. After a while, I got better, but it took me a really long time to get past level six. It was almost not worth it.
To Buy or Not to Buy: If you like casual arcade games and are looking for a refreshing change from the typical App Store games, you should check this one out. It takes some time to get used to, so you’d better have a patient disposition.
- Name: Tin Man Can
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Education
- Developer: Chillingo
- Price: $0.99