Dec 19, 2011
With the multitude of games that have a similar level structure to Angry Birds, itâ€™s probably time we stop comparing them to Angry Birds and just assign them a new category. Itâ€™s true that Angry Birds was one of the first to popularize the familiar theme of main levels containing a small army of mini sub-levels. Also, a common theme is the dual challenge of first trying to complete the level and then going back and earning â€œstarsâ€ by conquering the level perfectly. Roll in the Hole hardly deviates from this formula, making you roll a wronged panda through and endless myriad of levels in search of lost ice cream.
The first thing youâ€™ll notice about Roll in the Hole is itâ€™s a very cute app. Everything from the bright colors to the adorable changing expressions of your rolling panda scream My Little Pony. Iâ€™m not saying this is a bad thing; the graphics here are of very high quality and were very impressive. More impressive still are the physics; your rotund rolling panda has noticeable momentum and deforms when squished. The physics break down sometimes. One time I got thrown off the screen with an inordinate amount of force after getting stuck between two vertically moving platforms, but for the most part the physics systems works perfectly.
The controls couldnâ€™t be simpler, and you get a welcomed choice between tilting the device or touching the left or right side of the screen. As expected, both styles work perfectly even though I preferred physically touching the screen over the tilting method. A problem I have with Roll in the Hole is that it is very easy. Judging by the art design I can guess that the target audience are parents who want to entertain younger children or teenage girls. Even so, this is a very solid app that doesnâ€™t do much different than its competition, it just does it better.