Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Brodlzottn offers a frankly bizarre storyline. I'm pretty sure it wins for originality, certainly. You play Brodlzodi, an intelligent patch of hair on someone's head. It's more than that though as the fleas appear to worship it and rely on it to save them from the perilous blade of death - a razor blade.
Yes, it's bizarre. At first, it feels pretty bizarre to control too. Using a single tap and drag interface for the most part, you have to bounce across the screen, leaping over high hairs with the aid of a swinging type device that springs out of your body. The key point here is to escape the blade for as long as possible. Along the way, bonus points are gained for saving the helpless baby fleas and there's also help in the form of Marvin the fly. Marvin can be hooked onto with your swinging device and can ferry you across the screen much faster. You're always at best on the far right of the screen with the blade on the far left, but every second counts and certainly helps in boosting your score. To further aid you, you can also use hair creams, collectible along the way, which clear the nearest hair from your path. It's handy if you're having trouble bouncing over one stubborn hair and you're running out of time.
While it's all very simple, I found Brodlzottn quite compelling (although difficult to remember to spell), the steady level of difficulty means you feel like you have a chance to improve your score at all times rather than simply peak.
Brodlzottn clearly uses a lot of endless jumping and running style mechanics that we've seen before but it still feels fresher than many. It's down to the concept really, it's so utterly bizarre and unique. Plus the Game Center achievements have had a little thought put into them and certainly encourage you to persevere. It's a strange little title but Brodlzottn feels worth a shot if you like the genre, especially if you've got kids as I suspect they'd enjoy the quirkiness.