Developer: Cigra Games
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★½☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Typically, when it comes to 3D graphics and apps that cost more than a dollar, you can count me in. With a price tag like this, along with the promise of some great 3D gameplay, I’m expecting a pretty good game. Unfortunately, I’m just not feeling this app… I mean the 3D graphics suit this genre perfectly, but the gameplay just isn’t very so complete.

Most 3D graphical games these days a very admirable titles from distinguished developers. With the App Store evolving the way it is, the indie iPhone dev’s are now playing their hands in more advanced designs. Remember how successful Pocket God became… the indie developer (Dave Cazz) went from un-noticable to one of the best dev’s around, and still is today. Many indie dev’s are trying as hard as ever to compete with the big devs with advanced 3D titles, but it’s certainly an uphill battle.

Bumpoid, developed and published by Cigra Games, is a bizarrely different 3D space game. Essentially, you’re in space with space-aircraft, and your mission is to get as many points as possible before time runs out. I must warn you about the awkwardness of this game. You start by bumping into other space-craft to get them bouncing around. When you bump into a specific color, you’ll change into that color as well. You mission is to keep bumping into the same color you are, which earns you points. You’ll notice a variety of colored circles on the space-craft(s) that represent the color of them.

My issue with the game is that it can get very bland and boring. I find it hard to stay concentrated for longer than 20-30 minutes at a time. The reason being is that bumping into colored, circled, spacey, octagon-shaped, space-craft just isn’t enough to grab my attention. Doing basically the same task over and over again through 99 levels becomes extremely tedious without much of a reward in return.

For $2.99, the app really isn’t a terrible value, as long as you don’t burn yourself out too quick. You have 99 levels and 3D graphics that genuinely work, so if you are looking for a decent looking time waster, you wouldn’t be doing yourself too much of a disservice by giving this one a shot.

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