Those of you more cultured than I will instantly recognize DJ Pauly D as one of the stars of the hit reality TV show Jersey Shore. Personally, I don’t have a clue who he is, though I gather the show features an array of orange-skinned people who are “famous” for being, well, famous.
As such, I wasn’t exactly relishing the prospect of reviewing – or even playing – Beat That Boardwalk, but fortunately its tongue is planted firmly in its cheek, and – surprise, surprise – it’s actually rather good.
Beat That Boardwalk is one of them side-scrolling thingies, wherein the aim is to dodge various obstacles and ultimately survive for as long as possible.
The first thing that’ll strike you about Beat That Boardwalk is the retro presentation. In the world of smartphone gaming, “retro” quite often equates to “lazy”, but I can confirm that Beat That Boardwalk looks – and sounds – fantastic. It’s pure 8-bit heaven.
As for the game itself, it plays very well. You run automatically from left to right, and control-wise all you have to do is move up/down and jump. Simples.
In terms of obstacles, we’ve got Jersey toughs and fugly “grenades” to avoid, and there’s a series of point-boosting objects to collect, including gold chains and, er, hot girls.
The tongue-in-cheek tone that I alluded to previously is evidenced perfectly in the tanning element. It’s not just a case of simply avoiding obstacles; if you don’t keep your fake tan topped up, you’ll run out of health. Brilliant.
Make it to the gym, and you’ll activate JUICEHEAD mode, which allows you to knock down the aforementioned Jersey toughs for bonus points. In a neat move, you actually lose points if you try to take out one of the “grenades”; bowling over girls – even fugly ones – is absolutely frowned upon.
My only qualm with Beat That Boardwalk is that there’s not a great deal to it. Other than a handful of boss characters, you’ll have potentially seen everything there is to see after the first playthrough.
There’s an extra level pack available for 69p, but I’d be far more inclined to recommend Beat That Boardwalk if it was simply included in the original 69p asking price.
So what we have here is the framework for a potentially awesome game, but – other than high scores and a modest handful of achievements – there’s nothing to aim for, and no sense of progression. Shame really, ‘cause otherwise it’s reeeaaally good.
- Looks great
- Sounds great
- Amusing power-ups
- Only one level for 69p
Summary: The one level offered by Beat That Boardwalk is fantastic, but is it worth 69p? You decide.
Developer: MEDL Mobile
Requires: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: 69p @ App Store