Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Penguins can't fly and I'm not convinced they can jump either but no one told Air Penguin this. In an effort to save his family from melting ice caps, off Air Penguin goes, leaping across various icy platforms as well as slipping and sliding along the snow, and even riding turtles. It makes for an enjoyable and simple experience too, easily worth the asking price.
The control system is entirely tilt based. Air Penguin jumps regularly so it's a matter of tilting the iOS device appropriately so that he can leap onto the next platform. It takes a bit of practice to master but that's where the challenge lies. Some of the platforms that Air Penguin needs to leap on aren't very sturdy either with them quickly crumbling the moment you land. The trick is to work out the best route to get to the end of the level. Along the way there are numerous fish to collect too, both for your own satisfaction and also so that you can put them towards various special powers to aid your progress.
As well as leaping around, various moments require you to slip and slide across the snow. Again tilt controls ensure this is simple but with an element of danger too thanks to various pits scattered around. Riding on the back of a turtle is similar but with the added problem of sharks that you must avoid. It mixes things up nicely though. Even when you're frustrated by a stage, you'll find yourself going back for more.
Besides the 100 stages in Story Mode which will certainly keep players busy, there's also the Survival Mode which can get rather demanding. There's 39 achievements too via Game Center which are quite well designed and satisfying to achieve.
Air Penguin is the perfect example of a quality casual game. It's simple yet gives you reason to keep playing. Plus it's fun to drop into for five minutes at a time or for much longer too.