Saturday, February 2, 2013

Review Rewind: Crazy Hedgy

As we said in the intro for our last Review Rewind title; Niko, there aren't too many platformers that wind up staying on our iDevices long after we've beaten them. But the ones that do are definitely stand out titles on the iOS. Today's Review Rewind game; Crazy Hedgy, is no exception. Now, 3D platformers really are hit and miss on the touch screen, but Crazy Hedgy's tilt controls fit the gameplay perfectly, and not only do we consider it the best 3D platformer on the AppStore, but it also looks amazing. Since it's release it's received a huge graphic update that makes Crazy Hedgy one of the best looking games on the iOS. If you haven't had a chance to snag it, or missed it when it was first released, do yourself a favor and pick this one up!

**Note: This review was written after playing Version 1.2**

'Crazy Hedgy', developed by Cybertime Games, is the first great 3D platformer available on the App Store. In it, you play as the delightable hedgehog Crazy Hedgy, traveling through three well-crafted worlds. In each level your goal is to get to the end, but also to collect gems and the three hidden coins. Full of life and variety, Crazy Hedgy doesn't disappoint as the first true 3D platformer for iOS.

Controls: 5/5

As far as platformers go, it's essential to have great controls. On the app store, tilt controls hardly ever mesh well with a platformer, as accelerometer controls don't provide the layer of precision required. Crazy Hedgy is just the opposite, giving you more intuitive controls than a virtual joystick or virtual buttons could ever work. I've found that, when required, you can roll along a tiny ledge, grab a coin, then flip around while on the very edge, and make it back safely. The rest of the controls along with this are very simple as well: touch the left side to punch and touch the right side to jump. When unlocked, you can also use special moves that allow you to do different attacks, like the 'grab' upgrade, which lets you pick up Spankos and throw them. The controls have yet to fail me once, proving to me that accelerometer controls can provide the incredible precision needed in a platformer.

Content and Variety: 5/5

In 'Crazy Hedgy' you fight through more than 35 very large levels, which takes a very long time to complete. Inside each level are a large amount of gems that need to be collected to purchase upgrades and gain a better score. Also hidden in each level are three coins, often found in the toughest parts of the level. These coins are the only way to unlock more worlds, and also the key to unlocking upgrades in the shop. These upgrades feature anything from unlocking new attacks to buying better bubble gum (which can actually be a lifesaver in the game).  There's a total of seven items in the shop, each with four or so upgrades per item. For those that hate In App Purchases, have no fear: there are no iAPs anywhere near. The upgrades in the shop don't feel like a grind to reach them either; each unlock feels like it was timed perfectly to coincide with in-game progress. Another interesting addition in the game shop is magnets, which grab collectable gems (the currency in the shop) and even increase the value of each gem. That means that even after playing through all the game's levels, you can also replay levels for a higher gem score. One tiny gripe with the game is that the previous score on a given level isn't easily accessible, though when you get a high score on a level it does let you know at the end of the level. The total score from all levels is compiled in a single Game Center leaderboard. There's also a fun arena mode, which sticks you up against varying waves of enemies, giant mines, or other obstacles in a small arena.

The game also features a ton of variety. From level to level you'll face different enemies, bosses, traps, trampolines and far more. Even getting near the end of the game, it still managed to throw new elements into it. The many upgrades in the shop also create more interest in playing, as each one gives you something fun and new. Each level is well designed as well, including wildly different elements in each level. Each world is also very unique, with a new look and more types of obstacles and ingenuities. There's also numerous ways to kill enemies, from causing them to get in a fight with each other to hitting them into a trap. Often times the key to killing a tough enemy is either quickly downing a crazy potion or using the environment to you're advantage. The whole game feels complete and full of life, without even a trace of it getting old.

Graphics and Animations: 5/5

Another item to consider about the games is how it looks. This can be a game changer, especially with a 3D game. However, Crazy Hedgy looks exceptional, especially sharp when Retina display is enabled. However, all the rest of the effects work on 3rd generation devices as well, meaning no matter what device you use it's definitely a looker. The characters and environment all have a clean and polished feel, giving it a very likeable look. Everything is also very well detailed and gives the perfect look to represent how well it plays: amazing.
With graphics, animations also have to be taken into account. A game can look great in stills but look horrible in motion. However, Crazy Hedgy finds definitely finds its groove in animations, with it all moving cleanly and perfectly. The enemies also have distinct personalities, looking and moving differently than each other. The great animations of the game just help to build the game up, adding to its personality.

Overall: 5/5

All in all, it's hard to find anything bad to say about Crazy Hedgy. Between it's perfect controls, amazing level design, and great graphics, there's almost nothing to fault. 'Crazy Hedgy' rolls itself along as one of the best games available on the app store. It's an amazingly fun platformer, and one I can't recommend enough.


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