Developer: Illusion Labs
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Don’t be fooled by how cute Mr. Crab looks. While there’s plenty of fun to be had, some lightning fast reactions are quickly required to get anywhere in this constantly moving platformer.

mrcrab2Players must work their way up a tower in order to save all the baby crabs along the way, as well as collect plenty of fruit and other goodies. Oh and, of course, there are plenty of bad guys in the way that must be jumped on in customary platforming style. It’s a fun formula and very simple to learn. Mr. Crab constantly moves so all the player has to do is tap the screen with varying levels of severity in order to help him leap across the platforms that scatter each level. Reach the top and the level ends, moving onto the next one. This style also comes with plenty of replayability as it’s unlikely that anyone will manage to grab everything available on a first play through.

Indeed, in later stages, things heat up fast. With each section rated for difficulty, as soon as one reaches the Medium stages, things get tougher. Platforms shrink, enemies require a couple of bashes to the head and it’s all too easy to fall half way down the tower. Fortunately, lives can’t be lost but Mr. Crab can be thrust further down the tower and have to try again. Bang into a wall and he changes direction, something that can prove both useful and frustrating, depending on what one was attempting to achieve.

44 levels are available, each offering a steadily harder experience. There’s still always that ‘one more go’ mentality, though, as Mr. Crab doesn’t punish unfairly. It gets tough but that’s simply down to the player’s inability to jump fast enough. This does mean that it might put some gamers off, keen for a more casual fix, but twitch gaming fans will appreciate the challenge.

Vibrant and cute graphics round off the package nicely, along with no sign of in-app purchases. Don’t expect to complete this in a day but do expect to enjoy it.

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