Propel Man iOS review

Propel Man iOS reviewReviewing smartphone games might seem like an easy job, but playing for several hours consecutively and doing the same thing over and over and over is just about enough to destroy a man.

Take Propel Man (which my brain insists on calling Catapult Man). With each turn lasting somewhere in the region of 15 seconds, I must’ve put in hundreds of launches today. HUNDREDS. But is it any good? I don’t even know any more.

Starting with Propel Man’s mechanics, it’s decidedly old school. The aim is to launch some guy from a catapult, and across a finish line that gets farther away as the levels go up.

As far as the player goes, it’s pretty much a case of tapping to set the angle and the power (via a pair of swinging power meter thingies), and hoping for the best.

See, there are little boosts scattered throughout the skies, but it’s really just your Donald Duck (or “luck”, if you prefer) if or when you hit them.

There’s also a rudimentary shop system, with coins awarded on each launch – assuming you deploy the parachute before you hit the ground.

With said coins you can upgrade various elements, including your suit (or “suite”, as it’s called here), coin multiplier (coins can also be found in the clouds, occasionally), parachutes (one gives you a horizontal boost for X seconds, while another lifts you up), and catapults.

Propel Man iOS review

The most important Propel Man upgrade, however, appears to be the rocket boosters. At just $60 a pop (don’t worry; that’s in-game currency), you’re as well ignoring everything else and buying a big stack of them and using them all at once.

In terms of Propel Man gameplay, the only thing I haven’t really mentioned is the birds. Hit them and you’ll crash to the ground. Pretty annoying, considering there’s nothing you can do to avoid them - as far as skill goes.

On the plus side, Propel Man does offer a laser gun thingy in the shop, which your guy automatically uses to blast the birds.

And that’s about your lot; pretty simple, and ultimately quite dull. Though Propel Man does have an average 4.5/5 rating on the App Store after 3,800+ reviews, so maybe it’s just me.

If you’re in any way intrigued, by all means check it. Propel Man is entirely free to download.


  • It’s free
  • There are things to buy
  • It’s, eh, quite simple


  • Angle, power, repeat
  • Angle, power, repeat
  • Angle, power, repeat

Summary: Propel Man is a fairly simple launch type game that might provide a vaguely enjoyable distraction on a reasonably short bus journey. Not the worst thing I've ever played, admittedly, but far from the best.

Developer: Spiel Studios

Price: free @ App Store

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Propel Man iOS review

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