Friday Free App Rundown March 8th – Big Truck Games

Friday Free App Rundown March 8th – Big Truck Games

Mar 8, 2013

Little kids love big trucks. Whether the trucks are cranes or semis or farm equipment, they fascinate the kids to possibly grow up to become construction workers or farmers. Editor’s Note: Growing up is a trap! Stay young forever! Others become game designers and make games about big trucks and other equipment. That’s what we are going to talk about here, Big Truck games.

Most of the games here are skill based. One is more for little kids while the others are a bit more advanced. Let’s take a look.

Tractor: Farm Driver

Start the game by running through the tutorial to get the hang of the game. A lot of the activities are just like they would be on a farm. There is milk to deliver, fueling up the tractor, getting hay bales and bringing them back to the buildings. Because the game has a lot of driving in it, there are tasks like connecting the trailers and parking them in specific locations. The camera angle and ads are not always in the best postition, but the game is pretty fun regardless

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Demologic

Demologic is a skill-based demolition game. The goal is to knock over the correct items so they land on the statuette. Many times the statue can be knocked over with the force of blasting through the obstacles in the way. However, as the game progresses, more skill and planning is required to finish the level. Don’t think just because the graphics aren’t as high-tech as other games, that makes the game really easy. It takes some thinking to get through some of the more advanced levels.

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ABC Construction

If there are kids in the house who like big trucks, ABC Construction will probably be right up their alley. Okay, this isn’t so much a game as an interactive learning tool for kids to get to know their ABCs. Tapping the screen will show a different big truck with something else on the screen related to the letter in question. The letter is also spoken aloud by the game. If the child learning likes trucks, this game will probably hold their interest longer than a game showing different images.

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The Building Game

Ever thought about being a crane operator before? If so, here is a game to help practice. The Building Game is pretty realistic in the way the crane operates. Normal things one would expect to interfere with picking up, transporting and dropping the items come into play. If the crane is moved too fast, the claw will swing past the item to be grabbed. The object in the claw could also be too difficult to drop in the right area if it is moving too much. Once the objects are placed where they want to go, they need to sit there without falling over for about five seconds. It sure can take some practice to get good at.

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The Little Crane That Could

Sometimes more than one type of big rig needs to be used for a project. The Little Crane That Could offers up a lot of different cranes, forklifts and pretty much anything else that can lift and move stuff. The controls are made to mimic those of the real machine. Some of the cranes have a lot of levers and other controls to master. Finish the levels by mastering the different machines.

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Pocket Frogs Review

Like frogs? Like digital pets? Then chances are you’ll enjoy Pocket Frogs. It’s a pretty simple set-up with no story to speak of, and the premise is simply that you have digital frogs in your pocket.

After you get past the mandatory account sign-up (it is a free app after all), play begins with your two starter frogs hopping around in their habitat. You can tap on a frog to read its info and stats, move it from place to place, give it potions to boost its Happiness, or bring it to the pond. At the pond you can tap on lily pads to make the frogs jump across the dragonflies which are flying around, and thus eat them. Feeding the frogs raises their Happiness meter, and hopping them around also “tames” them, allowing you to breed them with any frogs you may run across. The aim seems to be maintaining the Happiness of the frogs. Aside from feeding, you can do this by playing two mini games: a race, or a puzzle. Your success in the races depends on your frog’s Happiness, so make sure to keep him fed before competing. The puzzle I found to be impossibly difficult, and not really much fun as a result.

The point of the app is mating your frogs with others to create new breeds, to add them to your catalog and increase your net number of frogs. You can earn trophies for success in taming and breeding your frogs. Your catalog of frogs grows as you blend them, and there is a status meter to show what percentage of possible breed options you have achieved. Collecting frogs earns you trophies. In game, you can also earn coins, stamps and potions, all used to increase your frogs’ quality of life. You start off with a certain number of coins, and they are actually required if you want to breed your frogs. The items you can purchase are simple decorations for the habitats, or food, or new backgrounds.

This app is cute, and I do like frogs, so I was happy to try it out. There is something strangely soothing about hopping the frogs around their pond, and you can’t help but feel a thrill when you create a new breed. The frogs themselves are very cute, and it’s relaxing to watch them hop around.

However, I have more than a few issues with it. The game only has one physical template for the frogs (cute as it may be), so your options are really a difference between colour gradients, and the creative names the game designers came up with. So if you’re hoping to see some Pokemon-style action and breed new and amazing frog varieties, you will be disappointed. When you “buy” items for your frogs you are forced to spend 30 minutes real time waiting for them to download, unless you spend stamps to expedite the shipping. It’s a frustrating feature which adds nothing to the game.

And my final complaint is a big one: the game requires network access at all time. My metric for a lot of game-type apps will be whether or not I can play them while commuting, and Pocket Frogs cannot be played on the subway, or in areas with low signal. After trying unsuccessfully to connect a few times I’ve had enough. The cuteness of the frogs is outweighed by the demands of the app.