Riot Rings Review

Riot Rings Review

Jan 13, 2012

I have been on a search, ever since I got my Android phone, to find the perfect commuter game. What that means to me is a game that loads quickly, one I can jump in and out of without crashing or data loss, and nothing too heavy on story that can be difficult to follow in spaced out intervals. It also wouldn’t hurt if the game is fun, funny, engaging, and a bit of a challenge. And in Riot Rings I have finally found all of these things.

It markets itself as being the “funniest game ever”, and I cocked a skeptical eyebrow at that declaration. So far it has proven to be quite humorous, perhaps even chuckle-inducing. The premise is simple: you are a zookeeper tasked with managing your rampaging animals, collecting them by matching them in groups of three or more. You operate from the safety of a dugout in the habitat while the animals circle around you. You match the animals by throwing new ones out into the rings, causing them to…well, it’s a little strange because they seem to explode with a pop, but I assume that no animals are harmed. If it all sounds confusing, then think of the game Zuma. You also have a few attacks in the form of meat (thrown to trick the animals out of the circle), drugs (to slow down rapidly spinning rings) and a Rhino (thrown to bash his way through the rings and knock animals out of the rings). It’s a very cartoony looking game, highlighted by the fact that the animals are little fat spheroids, and the rabbits are pink. They also tend to growl menacingly as they circle your hiding place, which is also made funnier when it’s the rabbit.

And a game like that could eventually get old, but the makers of Riot Rings have worked hard to make each and every level of the game unique and a challenge. You start out with one ring of animals, but soon you are faced with animals joining the ring from outside, multiple rings, stones that block your aim, or giant killer bees!! The bees are my favourite aspect of the game because you defend yourself by throwing other animals them. What a terrible zookeeper.

This game is fantastic, and it is my perfect go-to when I’m only riding two stops on the subway. I’ve never had a crash, and I am about 20 levels in with no repeated challenges yet. The different level names are pretty hilarious too.

My only quibble is that there are times when the rings (which will occasionally expand or decrease in size, to mess with you) will sometimes grow to the point that the edges are no longer visible on screen. It bothers me because I can’t be sure if it is a deliberate choice by the gamemakers, to challenge us, or if it’s a result of not accounting for screen size.