Moon Chaser, for example, is both very simple and very good, and as such I expect that this review might be quite brief. Not so brief that I don’t get paid, of course. How’s the weather where you are? Did you see Coronation Street last night?
Moon Chaser is a side-scrolling, er, thingy, in which the aim is to keep the little ninja guy going for as long as possible – racking up points the whole while – till the moon eventually disappears. When it does it's game over, however getting to the next level brings the waning moon back out some.
The levels are all comprised of hills, and momentum and speed are the name of the game. There’s definitely a touch of Sonic the Hedgehog about Moon Chaser.
However, you don’t control the little character as such. He runs along and leaps automatically. Instead, you control gravity. Weird.
By holding your finger down on the screen, you can keep the little dude grounded, which is handy for collecting coins. Of course, you only want to apply gravity when he’s running downhill in order to increase speed; when he’s going uphill you’ll want to let go temporarily.
It’s kinda hard to explain, but when you’ve built up enough momentum, letting go on an uphill run sends the guy flying through the air. This is a good thing, as huge leaps will help you get to the end of the level faster. Time is of the essence.
When it comes time to land, you’ll want to aim for a downhill slope in order to keep your momentum going. If you hit an uphill patch, the little ninja will let out a yelp and you’ll screech to a near-halt.
The former scenario is freakin’ glorious, while the latter is super depressing, and that’s exactly how it should be. As such, Moon Chaser is great.
There are 32 missions to complete in Moon Chaser, such as Reach the 3rd Mountain and Gain 80,000 points. They’re not like achievements exactly, as the missions are revealed one at a time. You can’t, for example, complete several missions in one sitting.
There are high score tables too. I thought I was doing pretty well, but it looks like I’ve got some work to do if I’m going to make it into the top, er, 10,000. See ya.
- Very easy to get into
- Landing huge leaps is genuinely exhilarating
- High score tables
- It’s free!
- Hmm, not that I can think of
- A tad sameish, I guess, but also very moreish
Summary: Moon Chaser is good simple fun, and it’s free. As Reverie says: "Good luck of the trip!"
Requires: Android 1.6 or above
Price: free @ Android Market