It’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