Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Throughout playing Drain Pipe Surf Dudes, I've resisted this tremendous urge to yell out 'Cowabunga, dude!' at some point. It's not that there are any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be found here but I guess the lizard theme mixed with surfing around drainpipes invokes that feeling. This is clearly a game that would be ideal for those heroes in a halfshell.
Drain Pipe Surf Dudes is a fun game, to put it simply. It's quite challenging to complete but if it were easier, it probably wouldn't be as satisfying. Each of the 64 levels involves speeding down a drainpipe while standing on a small, lizard sized surfboard. Tilt based controls steer the cute yet cool lizard around the many obstacles littered across the course.
The controls are tight rather than the floaty style we've seen elsewhere, meaning subtle moves can be conducted accurately. This comes in handy when more and more baseball bats and other obstacles get in the way. Fast reflexes are vital but as each course is quite short, it's not too much of a hardship to start over again. There's a time limit involved, also, adding to the neccessity of speed. Boosts are attainable through sliding along green slime while players are slowed down by the ominous black ooze. Jumps also emerge with ramps to fly down and also the ability to spin on them.
In each case, such additions are added gradually ensuring there's time to figure everything out. A Surf Store adds to the fun with new modes and upgrades to unlock through the acquisition of stars while playing. It'll take a while to earn those stars but it's easily doable.
Drain Pipe Surf Dudes takes the popular tilt based endless runner motif and makes it cool and interesting. The ability to perform freestyle tricks might have been welcome, but what is there is an enjoyable experience. It's particularly great to dip into for short sessions of fun progressions.