iPhone Game Review: Naughty Bear Reviewed by ninjackid
Some of you may know of Naughty Bear, the console version of which came out earlier this year. The same developer, 505 games, recently brought a mini-game to the iPhone and iPod touch. Now you can have a bear mayhem on the go!
In Naughty Bear by 505 games, you play as Naughty Bear, who must travel through various mazes, avoiding (or simply killing) other bears, collecting cupcakes and gathering weapons in which to assassinate your enemy bears in various naughty ways.
Controlling Naughty Bear is simple, you swipe your finger in the direction you want him to go, when you run into a weapon you speed up a little and are able to kill any bear in your way (reminiscent of Pac-Man eating ghosts). Sometimes along the way you come across different traps to set up and lure in the bears and then kill them.
There are two control options, the default: swipe, and also tilt controls. However, neither of these feel as tight as they should be, and it would be nice to have the option to change to a virtual D-pad or any other method of control.
The story mode contains 27 missions, all of which consist of killing X amount of bears, collecting so many cupcakes, etc. While the difficulty of the missions does ramp up, it can get somewhat repetitive.
The game also contains a Challenge mode, also with 27 missions, but the story mode and the challenge mode are so identical that they're basically both the same.
Graphics in Naughty Bear are nice and colorful, and work well for the game, until you kill a bear and the camera zooms in on the action, graphics get blocky and don't look as well polished as they should. Though it's fun to chase down bears and battle them in a 3D world.
The sound track for Naughty Bear works well, with the music changing to a faster paced beat when you collect a weapon. There are also voice-overs such as "Naughty!" or "Very Naughty!" that sound off when a certain number of bears has been killed. It sounds fun and funny for the first few times, but it can get repetitive as you kill more and more bears.
If you are a Pac-Man fan, you might enjoy this Pac-Man clone. While certain things make this game unique and the first few levels are certain fun, it can get repetitive and dull in later levels as two game modes don?t differ that much. For Pac-man fans, this is a recommended title; if you are not a hardcore Pac-Man genre, this is a pass.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: - 4 - Graphics are decent, until zoomed-in cut scenes. Sound: - 3.5 - Voice-overs are fun at first but gets repetitive, music works well. Controls: - 4 - Current controls work OK, would be nice if there were different options. Gameplay: - 4 - Fun arcade Pac-Man-ish gameplay, but may tend to get repetitive over time.
Playing Hints and Tips:
- Try to lure in as much bears as you can, that's the easier way to kill them.
- Weapons are somewhat hard to come by, use them wisely.