Having spent a fortune on my new iPad and a handful of games (including £6.99 for Ghost Trick – review to follow), I found myself skulking around in the free games section of the App Store last night.
Like many games on the App Store, Mr. Oops is effectively a test of reaction time. Essentially you’ve got a 6x6 grid, and you have to avoid rocks, cannon balls or lasers by swiping the little stickman around the screen.
You start off with target scores (survive a particular number of waves) to unlock the different levels, before ultimately unlocking the final mode, in which you have to survive rocks then cannon balls then lasers. Your three scores are then multiplied together and entered into the high score table.
If you fancy mixing things up, you can pay 69p to unlock three further weapons, namely bullets, the Devil’s Missile and the Pillar of Hell.
It mightn’t sound like much, but I found myself going back to Mr. Oops again and again, desperate to beat my previous high score.
My only gripe with Mr. Oops lies with the controls. Swiping isn’t ideal for games like this, especially where every microsecond counts. For example, if you wanted to get from the top of the screen to the bottom, you’d have to swipe down five consecutive times. It’s not exactly a natural motion, and I found myself craving a d-pad.
However, you can adjust the swiping sensitivity in the settings, and using both hands kinda gets the job done. Mostly.
Mr. Oops’ soundtrack deserves a special mention. It’s outrageous J-Rock, and it fits the action perfectly.
You can currently grab Mr. Oops for free. I’m assuming it’s usually 69p. Probably.
- Oddly addictive
- Various modes
- The soundtrack
- The controls
- Not a whole lot to it
Summary: Mr. Oops is an oddly moreish test of reaction time. Maybe not best suited to touchscreen gaming, but it’s still lots of fun.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.
Price: currently free @ App Store