Developer: BulkyPix
Price: Free
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

IMG_0442Who knew that chameleons had such a sweet tooth? In the recently released CandyMeleon, the aforementioned lizard has to indulge his candy coated desires while managing to avoid interference from any number of different obstacles. Can this smiley-faced iguana charm his way onto iOS devices, or is it just another grin in the crowd?

Developers sure seem to love making cute game characters as of late. BulkyPix’s CandyMeleon is no exception to the trend either. This adorable little cold-blooded beast is just trying to get a sugar rush, but spiders, randomly falling boulders, and even fish that can somehow dig through the ground are trying to prevent that from happening. Luckily he has plenty of special abilities and power-ups at his disposal in order to maximize his sugary intake.

The crux of the game is simple. Players use the left and right tilt control to move the chameleon, and can also press on the screen to extend its tongue. This can be used to snag sweet treats out of the air or prevent flying creatures from stealing his precious life hearts. All it takes are three hits from enemies and his round comes to an end. Remaining aware of the surroundings are critical to being successful.

IMG_0440As is the case with most free-to-play titles, CandyMeleon has a limited amount of turns that can be played before the player must either purchase more rounds using hard earned cash, or wait for round hearts to regenerate. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that for a game that is this addictive, it takes an exorbitant amount of time for these hearts to come back, so much so that the player could very well lose interest. What is most disappointing is that in sessions where the player can proceed uninterrupted through either the time trial or challenge mode it is extremely fun. However, extreme waits punctuate things enough to ruin any sort of flow that the game successfully manages to establish.

It doesn’t matter if a game is excessively enjoyable if the player is left watching the clock more than they are playing. Though there are plenty of redeeming facets of CandyMeleon, there just isn’t enough variety to justify sending any cash on in-app purchases. Those that enjoy their gaming in extremely small doses will find plenty to love, they just can’t expect to play for hours on end without attempts to pry into their wallet.

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