Roll in the Hole App Review

Roll in the Hole App Review

Dec 19, 2011

With the multitude of games that have a similar level structure to Angry Birds, it’s probably time we stop comparing them to Angry Birds and just assign them a new category. It’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 “stars” 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 you’ll notice about Roll in the Hole is it’s a very cute app. Everything from the bright colors to the adorable changing expressions of your rolling panda scream My Little Pony. I’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 couldn’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 doesn’t do much different than its competition, it just does it better.

Chillingo Making a Move on Android With Seven Titles

Chillingo Making a Move on Android With Seven Titles

Oct 25, 2011

Chillingo has been one of the most prolific publishers over on iOS, lending their support to a variety of independently-developed titles. They also seem to be committed to releasing a new physics puzzler every single week on the App Store. However, their work on Android has been limited thus far to only a few selected titles. This changes starting now, as 7 titles have been announced by Chillingo for Android.

First up is Spider Jack, which was originally released earlier this year for iOS; this game has players controlling the eponymous spider as he tries to collect flies throughout levels. He can grapple to various points in the levels, and collect stars strewn throughout them. It’s similar to Cut the Rope in some ways, but requires a bit more in terms of reaction time. This game is available now.

Office Gamebox is next. This is a 3-in-1 pack, featuring Paper Sniper, where players try to launch paper balls into a wastebasket; Chair Race, where players ride their office chair throughout the hazards of the modern office; Finally there’s Pitch a Penguin where players control a penguin who’s trying to fly as far as possible after launching himself off of the roof of an office. That last one may be stretching the office theme a bit. This is available now from the Android Market.

There’s five other titles announced that will be coming in the future. Parking Mania will turn that most annoying of driving practices, parking, into an actual video game. Three physics puzzlers will be making their way to Android, too: Contre Jour, Roll in the Hole, and Little Lost Chick. Prepare to see stars…and try to collect them! Finally, a title that’s brooding and mysterious and not yet availble on iOS at all: My Vampire Boyfriend. This game will let players tease a virtual vampire boyfriend to turn them, possibly to even gain eternal life. Finally, a game based on my sexy and dangerous life! These games are all “coming soon” and in the case of the latter…not soon enough.