Dec 9, 2013
PikPok brings mandarin oranges to life in a kid-safe wrapper known as Halos Fun that dares to dream of being even more.
In this one, the mechanics feel a bit like Angry Birds. While there are not any birds or pigs, we do have a catapult to the left, and it is manipulated by dragging on the cutie-laden sling and releasing. Direction and power of launch can be controlled by angling the orange and/or adjusting the virtual tautness of the pull. On the other side, as noted, there are no taunting enemies; instead, raccoons are the enemies, having stolen true halos, and these halos line the right side of the play area. And of course, the less halos needed to clear the halos, the better.
As the game progresses, the halo setups get a bit more complex, with arcade-type bumpers and slides serving as helpers and obstacles at the same time. Some levels are simple affairs; a good strike can set off a sequence of ricochets and bounces that clear the section. Other levels need a more measured approach, with timing becoming a major factor the further one goes. There are hidden items to get and also puzzles to solve; such elements help prevent the game from being too one-dimensional.
For every level, reclaiming all the halos with the minimum number of oranges leads to a coveted three-star score. Doing it with more reduces the number of stars proportionately.
Simplicity and familiarity are the games biggest assets. The color scheme is fun and whimsical, and the artwork is bright and engaging, with smiling fruit taking front stage. The animations are smooth, with easy transitions and reasonable graphics.
For a kids game, it helps that there are no in-app purchases to guard against. It is a fun game to try… without or without your child.
Or so I’ve heard…