I spent a rather intense Tuesday/Wednesday this week battling my way through The Banner Saga, and while utterly fantastic (definitely one of the front-runners for Mobile Game of the Year 2014), I felt slightly drained afterwards.
Daddy Long Legs is described as “the endless walker on stilts”, an app designed for “gamers that like a hard challenge and a cheap laugh.” That’s quite an odd combination, and indeed Daddy Long Legs is quite an odd game.
Each run in Daddy Long Legs lasts a matter of seconds, and consequently you can expect to put in hundreds of runs – literally hundreds. I’m pushing 300 at the time of writing.
Essentially, you repeatedly tap the screen to make the big gangly guy put one leg in front of the other, with the aim of covering as much distance as possible before he inevitably falls over or trips over his own feet or does the splits, but with legs five times longer than the rest of his body, it’s easier said than done. Verdict after the screenshots.
It probably makes sense to deliver the bad news first. Daddy Long Legs is free, yes, but with a rather intrusive ad banner along the top of the screen, and – frustratingly – no way to buy your way out of it. The developers are really missing a trick there.
The physics are a bit mental, too, and while I appreciate that Daddy Long Legs is supposed to be nigh on impossible to control, it doesn’t take long before the joke gets old.
On the plus side, I discovered Daddy Long Legs is quite funny played with a companion, and having someone else set a high score will give you something to play towards (there are global leaderboards, too).
It’s also frighteningly moreish, as evidenced by my play count approaching a slightly terrifying 300, and putting in a particularly good run is oddly thrilling.
And hey, if the ads are really bothering you, you can always go offline (check out those ad-free screenshots). Admittedly that’s not ideal on the iPhone, but on my iPad it’s not much of an ask.
On the whole, I almost feel like I begrudgingly like Daddy Long Legs. The intentionally awkward controls do trouble me, but I can’t seem to stop playing it (HELP ME).
- Fun with friends
- Oddly moreish
- Putting in a good run is utterly thrilling
- He’s impossible to control, “LOL!”
- That ad banner is quite intrusive
- No Premium version sans ads
Summary: An impossible-to-control endless runner, I was perfectly prepared to damn Daddy Long Legs as the worst thing the App Store had witnessed in years, but a couple of hundred runs later, yeah, I should really delete it before it destroys me.
Developer: Set Snail
Price: free @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.