Developer: Chipotle Mexican Grill
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Part positive marketing spin, part reminder of the importance of knowing where one’s food comes from, Chipotle Scarecrow isn’t the most gripping of games but no one could deny that its heart is in the right place.

chipotle8Spread across four different worlds, each with their own different kind of gaming experience, Chipotle Scarecrow is a reasonably varied tilting-based game. In each case the controls are simple; mostly relating to tilting the iOS device to direct the savior of vulnerable animals and vegetables, the Scarecrow.

Starting out are the factory levels, requiring players to negotiate a series of industrial obstacles. Conveyor belts of boxes prove the most significant challenge with the tilting controls not as responsive as one would like during such a potentially tumultuous scenario. Stronger, however, is the slightly less than realistic but quite enjoyable flying levels. Controlling an elevated platform, players collect up cows and other animals, before tilting their way around numerous signs and returning the animals to safety. It’s as bizarre as it sounds, but it proves the most successful of the four game types.

Following that comes two much weaker modes. There’s the crop-growing stage, involving running over numerous fields in order to plant the crops, and there’s the all important final stage of burrito production – serving them to the customers. It’s a simple process of just running around delivering the burritos, but such simplicity also leads it to be a tad repetitive.

chipotle3That’s much of the problem with Chipotle Scarecrow. It’s a good idea and an extremely positive, non-violent one. As a marketing tool it works well too, given that a buy-one-get-one-free offer is available to many of the players that complete the game. However, it’s not the most interesting of games. It’s a brief distraction but nothing more than that. Still, burrito fans (i.e. all sane people) will enjoy the freebies and kids may well benefit from the positive message within. Just don’t expect this title to stick around on anyone’s iOS device for very long.


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