Saving Yello Review

Saving Yello Review

Jul 13, 2012

Saving Yello is an app that requires the user to help save a fish from his 7-year old owner who doesn’t know how to properly take care of a him. I will say, it is a bit addictive. I started playing the game and couldn’t put it down. Every level was one step closer to freedom for this poor fish.

The sound effects and graphics of the game were very enjoyable. And the dialogue was funny as well. When starting the game, the first caption says, “Hey Yello, want to go for a walk?” Poor Yello, of course I want to help you escape. The game is very much like Angry Birds, but instead of multiple birds fighting pigs, the player have one single fish trying to knock over toys or land back into his bowl.

The game works the same as Angry Birds as well. Players must use their fingers to slide back and aim the fish where they want it to go and they release their hold when it’s aimed correctly. Players also are presented with a screen that shows how many levels they must complete and when they finish a level they are rated between one to three stars. I liked that every level had a bit of a different goal or even a side goal. On some levels the goal was to hit the toys on the way to the bowl and get three in a row on a slot-like machine.

One thing that really bugged me about this app was the screen that popped up after every single turn prompting me to login and share my score. Since I had no desire to do this, I had to tap skip every time it popped up. This was frustrating and took me away from the game and it didn’t help that it was the least responsive aspect of the game.

After playing this game I have to say I really liked it. It was a different storyline, which was nice and I liked the goal of saving the fish. As I mentioned, it was a bit addicting, but I’m not complaining. I think it’s great to have an app that can really get me involved. It’s great to have when waiting for the dentist or some other appointment.

Candy Island Review

Candy Island Review

Jul 3, 2012

As a kid, I played Candy Land and loved the idea of a world full of candy. Now, thanks to this app, I can run my own candy store in similar setting. Candy Island is a simulation game that focuses on operating a candy store. The characters are little green blobs that live in this colorful world that is all sunshine and happiness, while cheerful music plays.

I’m a fan of simulation games despite my lack of patience. Luckily, in this game, I didn’t have to wait to long for my product to be ready to sell. The object of the game is to sell candy to customers and make enough coins or earn enough stars to level up. This premise is similar to other games like Café Story or Restaurant Story. A perk of this game is that I didn’t have to keep it open on my screen for my game to run. It will work in the background, meaning my candy will continue to refill. This is nice because I can go about my business and check on my game progress at any point.

The game offers a speed up button at the bottom right corner for when I couldn’t wait for my products to finish refilling. This is a fantastic feature. When I first opened the app, it guided me through the steps of operating a successful candy store. Throughout the game it also showed prompts for new features as they become available. In short, it’s a game that wants the player to succeed.

Using two fingers I was able to zoom in and out of the game. Navigation is easy; all I had to do was slide my fingers left, right, up, or down to move where I wanted. To monitor the progress of my products being restocked, I simply tapped the area being worked on and it told me how much longer the product will take. When it is ready to be restocked, a tiny bell will sound and an icon will appear over work area, like a piece of candy, and all I had to do was tap it to fill up my store. The workers will go back to refilling it automatically so I didn’t have to worry about making sure a new stock will be ready. Leveling up is simple. I stocked my candy store, earned coins and stars, and I unlocked new features as well as the next level.

The only issue I have with this game is the prompts to connect with Facebook or join friends often. Also, if I wanted more hearts I would have to pay real money, which takes away from the game, in my opinion.

Overall, with the cheery characters and simple premise, this game is a good way to waste time. I enjoyed running a candy store without having to actually invest real money in it. When it comes to a simulation game that’s a bit different from the farm story and pet shop stories that are out there, I recommend this game. It’s fun, simple, and free.