Don’t Wake Dad iPhone review

Don’t Wake Dad iPhone reviewIt’s Father’s Day at the time of writing, so what better time to review Don’t Wake Dad, currently riding high in the App Store’s Top Free games.

Alas, the average 1.5/5 rating from 1,211 users and comments like “not even worth 1 star :(” don’t bode well, but as a reviewer you take the bad with the good.

In Don’t Wake Dad, your dad (ok, maybe not your dad. A dad? The dad?) is taking a presumably well-earned nap. He’s still got his shirt and tie on, so we can only assume he’s had a tough day at the office. Unfortunately there’s what can only be described as a plague of mosquitoes on the way, hell bent on sucking him dry.

The iTunes blurb throws in some ridiculous narrative that doesn’t actually appear within the game. Seemingly the “party of the century” is happening later that night, and if dad wakes up he won’t let you go. Great stuff.

To the game’s credit, the mechanics are conveniently summed up in a handy tutorial. In my experience, tutorials are something that many developers overlook, and even here where there’s not much going on, Juan Uzcategui has taken the time to explain exactly how the game works. That might be the only compliment I direct towards Don’t Wake Dad, but it’s a compliment nonetheless.

So there are three basic elements at work here: swipe the flies to kill them; don’t shake your iDevice too much or dad’ll wake up; if three mosquitoes bite dad, he’ll be understandably pissed off. That’s literally all there is to it.

If you’re so inclined, you can avoid the shaking problem by laying your iDevice flat on your lap or on a table. If you’re so inclined. But you probably won’t care.

There’s not much challenge till around the 90-second mark, at which point the mosquitoes start approaching from various directions simultaneously. It quickly becomes too much to handle (even for my nimble fingers), and dad inevitably – and invariably – wakes up. Looks like we won’t be going to the party of the century after all.


  • There’s a, uhm, tutorial


  • Within the first few seconds, you’ve seen it all
  • No options or variety of any kind

Summary: Sorry, but I have to concur with the 968 users who’ve given Don’t Wake Dad 1/5.

Developer: Juan Uzcategui @ Wonton Studios

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Price: Free @ App Store

Don’t Wake Dad iPhone review

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strike  Jun. 19, 2011 at 20:31

I swear down, your such a negative person....
This is not even a review....

You go make an Iphone Application then offer it for free since Developer Licenses cost money, be positive might increase your chances of your cherry getting popped...

blizzard7  Jun. 20, 2011 at 13:24

Who cares how much a Developer License costs from a gamer's point of view. I don't buy an Xbox 360 game and rate how good it is depending on how much development cost (if everyone did the maybe Duke Nukem Forever might actually be seen as a good game). When you play a game even if you don't invest your money, you're investing your time and if it's not fun, it's wasting your time.

jjuzcategui  Jun. 20, 2011 at 17:12

Hey Lewis,

Thanks for your honest review. We're a rather young game studio based off in Ecuador and "Don't Wake Dad" was our first foray into the world of mobile gaming. We're currently working on bigger, better, more carefully planned and developed titles which we hope will knock the socks off iPhone gamers everywhere.

We appreciate you taking the time to play and review our maiden game, and I'd love it if you would agree to play a demo of our currently in development game. We'll be releasing it this summer and the demo should be ready in a few weeks.

Again, thank you for your honest review, it only helps us make better games.

Juan "Suiz" Uzcategui @ Wonton Studios


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