Developer: Firedroid
Price: FREE ($1.99 to unlock all levels)
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad3, iPhone5

Graphics/Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Barrr is a restaurant management themed game with a pirate twist. Cute, child-like cartoon pirates enter the tavern with an icon in their speech bubble. Icon = demand. Satisfy the pirate, and earn some doubloons. The game doesn’t go much farther than that. Challenges? More pirates, more demands. A game anyone can play, but the entertainment value is debatable. Bonus – the first fifteen levels are free and players only have to drop $1.99 on the next 45 if this is up their alley.

photo 4-1Level One starts off almost relaxing. Each pirate enters with only one demand at first; perhaps he just needs a pint, or he desires a tattoo. Touch the pirate, then the location that corresponds to his wish. At each station an hourglass over his head drains, and the pirate is ready to move on. He may ask to use the restroom or to drop off treasure next. It’s mindless repetitiveness for two minutes.

In Level Two, pirate needs ramp up but are always accompanied by a smile. No cantankerous sea-dogs here. A pirate now might enter with a beer and an anchor request, signaling the bar and the tattoo station. Choose either, but keep in mind, the bar can hold up to three pirates, the other stations only one at a time. It’s best to queue the customers by touching both stations in a row in the order one wants them to move. If a pirate doesn’t get to the restroom in time, more than points are on the line though – he’ll just relieve himself on the floor where he stands, leaving that station unavailable to other pirates for a short time. Yes, that’s right, he pees.

As the levels progress, business improves and more entertainment choices are available to keep the pirates pleased – video games, music, and darts. Now, of course, the patrons blow in at an increasing pace with lists of demands. At times, due to overcrowding, it may be best to cancel some queues and reassign. But who has time?

photo 1Basically, there’s not much to this game. It reminds me of knitting – something one can do while carrying on a conversation with others. At two minutes per level, if control is lost and pirates are hosing off the floor like mad or exiting stage left unsatisfied, it’s over almost as soon as it’s begun.

Barrr has cute graphics and adorable pirates. There don’t seem to be any glitches in the controls. Share scores on Facebook or Twitter if ye dare. In general, it’s a good time. Nothing to send a bottle about, though.

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