Developer: Funtomic
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.1.5
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Chicken Boy is a game about prioritizing what’s most important at any given time. On the surface it might look like a game focused on throwing fruit at monsters but, seriously, it’s a lesson on what order to tackle problems in. Probably. Okay so it’s a little bit of both and, admittedly, Chicken Boy does turn slightly tedious after a time. It doesn’t stop it from being kind of fun, though.

chickenboy6Taking the role of Chicken Boy himself, players must defend a helpless chick from attack by various monsters. This is done by throwing different types of fruit at them. It’s easy enough to do – with a targeting reticule going wherever one’s finger is, and holding said finger to the screen affects the power in which the fruit is thrown.

It’ll take seconds to learn, but that doesn’t necessarily make Chicken Boy an easy game. As one progresses through the stages, things turn more challenging with waves growing in size and boss battles also featuring. Fortunately, it’s possible to upgrade the power of the fruits as well as unlock new types to help things along. Bananas, for instance, act like a boomerang – always returning to the player and thereby inflicting twice as much damage to anything in its way. Mines can also be used as a last-gasp defense, and certainly prove handy later on.

chickenboy5However, the issue with Chicken Boy is that things do turn repetitive after a time. Sure, there might be new fruit gradually unlocked but the core gameplay remains the same throughout. It leads to a title that’s best enjoyed for a few levels at a time rather than a glut of gaming, otherwise the shallowness becomes all too noticeable. At least it’s oddly satisfying to watch a high-powered piece of fruit knock out a flying beast.

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