Circle Review

Circle Review

Nov 12, 2014

If you still can’t get enough of Flappy Bird clones, then here’s another one for ya.

When it comes to games that look and feel like Flappy Bird… Well, you got a lot of choice. When you look back at the game, it is actually quite unbelievable what that game did. It did not only make one guy very rich (by mistake?), but it also gave life to a new genre, we’ve called the ‘one button gameplay’ here on Android Rundown. If you can’t can enough of those games, here is another one.


This Flappy Bird clone is called Circle and is made by the same guys who made Escape Bird. In this game, you control a circle (hence the name of the game). By tapping on the screen, the circle goes up – just like any other flappy clone. But there is something completely different about this game: you must avoid touching the line on screen in order to progress through the stage. If you hit the line, it is game over.

Maybe you recognize the formula of an old TV show where contestants had to hold a magnify glass (without the actual glass) and guide it through an obstacle course without touching the rails. It was nerve wrecking just looking at it. Well, this game borrows some of that formula, but instead of being nerve wrecking, I felt quite zen playing this.

And God knows how many times a started a new game. Too many times, at least more than I would and should admit. This game has some a nice use of colors going for it and the fact that the circle always stays within reach, is kind of soothing. It helped me relax after a busy day of work and I think that is the best compliment a video game can get.

So in a way, and just the other one-button-gameplay games I’ve played, this title manages to give his own twist to a dying gameplay formula, by digging up the past and using warm color schemes. So if you can’t get enough of Flappy clones or are in the market for a new one, know that this game will help you relax – even after a dozen of continues.

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Fat Cheeks: The Cannonball on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Fat Cheeks: The Cannonball on Kickstarter

Apr 9, 2014

Spring time has officially arrived; at least that is what people keep telling me, and what better way to ring in the new season then by spotlighting a game that features an anthropomorphic squirrel collecting nuts while flying through the air. The title is more than fitting as the protagonist, Fat Cheeks, is literally launched from a cannon and soars through the landscape dodging foliage and mountains; all the while actively fighting off legions of furry enemies. At first glance Fat Cheeks: the Cannonball looks like a classic Flappy Bird copy, but that is a shallow assessment. Looking deeper and there are enough differences here to dissuade real complaints and the addition of the ability to attack enemies adds a much needed new gameplay element to what is ultimately a stale and overworn genera. Sure, the core fundamentals stay the same, tap to rise and avoid all obstacles, but Fat Cheeks seems to do this with aplomb and “falls with style” better than similar efforts.

Ryan Gallini, the creator of this game, has done an incredible job hand painting the graphics and creating a game that visually stands heads and shoulders above its competition. The animals are appropriately adorable and the three different level designs are unique and compelling. These various levels host different enemies with their own various attacks and strategies. By varying up the gameplay, Ryan has created a game that could potentially harbor more replay value than just simply attempting to best a high score.

At time of writing the KickStarter campaign is still more than $5,000 short of being successfully funded, but with 25 days to go this seems easily achievable. All it takes is one dollar to earn a free copy of the game when it debuts on Android, iOS, and online at their website and the Chrome Store. To be honest I initially passed over this effort as just another clone, but after taking a look further I found that there are undeniable redeeming qualities that warrant a trip to the Fat Cheeks: The Cannonball KickStarter page for a small contribution.