Burn the City Review

Burn the City Review

Oct 25, 2011

If you look at ask earlier review for Early Bird I mentioned the flood of Angry Bird clones. Burn This City could be labeled as one of those clones, and in some instances they are, but overall this app deserves to stand on its own. Coming from a small developer, this app is creative and the core gameplay is very solid but sometimes becomes too repetitive. Like most other games if its kind Burn the City’s variation comes in the form of different weapons and levels, but unfortunately the game requires you to hit these buildings multiple times in the same spots which can get old. Keeping things interesting are the clever level designs and a battle mode where your monster has to hold off waves of human military force. Battle mode is a great addition, even though sometimes the game reads your swipes to shoot as a swipe to pan the camera, which gets real frustrating.

Burn this City is a fun game to play. Its cute, colorful monster instantly earns your heart and his animations are will formed. However, the problems begin with the supposed human civilization. Apparently, our cities are a collection of the same five buildings and power plants randomly dispersed on cliffs and valleys. Not that I expect this game to be realistic, but some extra effort to give these cities more life would have gone a long way. The physics system is really accurate and buildings generally fall where they’re supposed to.

One complaint I have with the gameplay is that the camera follows your shot but doesn’t automatically return to the monster making you pan back manually or hit a small button. There is an option to turn this off but then the camera doesn’t follow the action at all. Also, unlike most games, there is not set number of turns per level; here a multiplier is earned if the level is completed under a few set amounts of time.

Overall, Burn the City does a lot good coming from such a small developer, and hopefully with a few updates and changes this game will be something special. But as it stands right now Burn the City does a few things to stand out from other games but I fear it might not be enough.

Burn the City Review Rundown

7
Graphics/Sound - Graphics aren't anything to write home about. The monster is animated well and is cute to boot.
7
Controls - Simple controls. Nothing revolutionary here. During the battle mode tho the controls can break down causing you to pan the screen wildly instead of delivering a flaming fireball to a helicopter.
7.5
Gameplay - Game plays very well and is snappy though menus. This game does get repetitive sometimes as it calls for you to hit the same spot on a building multiple times.
8
Replay Value - Like most other games in it's catergory Burn the City is addicting. However, it is also easier then some to put down after a few minutes.
7
Overall - Some greater attention to detail, including more building is needed. But overall this is a solid game, and for only a buck, its hard to pass up.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Demo version is also available on the Google Play Store »

Joseph Bertolini
Joseph is an Mechanical Engineering student at The Ohio State University as well as an amateur photographer.
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