Rat on a Snowboard is currently riding high in the iPad’s Top Free Games chart, and as such I felt obliged to check it out.
You can imagine my disappointment when I realised Rat on a Snowboard is another one of them games where you automatically move from left to right while occasionally tapping jump to avoid obstacles and collect stuff. But you know what? It’s actually not bad.
There are a couple of endless modes in Rat on a Snowboard, namely Speed Slopes and Exploding Meatballs, complete with global high scores.
The real meat of Rat on a Snowboard, however, is in the Challenge mode. Challenge has 50 levels, and the obligatory three-star rating system for each. You only need to complete a level to get one star, while two and three stars demand particular scores.
You can bag extra points by jumping on things, performing spins in the air, passing through coloured gates (with bonus points for combos), and collecting stars.
Along the way there are numerous hazards, of course, including sleds, trees, rocks, giant snowballs, and, er, exploding meatballs. Obviously.
You can breeze through Rat on a Snowboard’s Challenges in around an hour, but there’s plenty of replay value if you fancy going for all 150 stars.
On the critical side of things, Rat on a Snowboard doesn’t look great, it’s not entirely original, and it’s ultimately very samey. But whatev’s. It’s fun while it lasts.
- Three modes
- 50 challenges
- Currently free
- Looks pants
- Seen it all before
Summary: Rat on a Snowboard is an entirely decent occasionally-tap-jump-to-avoid-obstacles-as-you-automatically-move-from-left-to-right type game.
Developer: Donut Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
Price: currently free @ App Store