Developer: Grubby Hands
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

With any tie-in game, there’s an understandable assumption that to enjoy it, one needs to know about the source material. This isn’t the case with Jungle Rumble. Based on the recent trials and tribulations of British heavyweight boxer, David Haye, previously immortalized on the iPhone in David Haye’s Knockout, Jungle Rumble proves to be a highly enjoyable Endless Runner.

In the UK, and previously in the US, we make some of our celebrities suffer the torment of living in a jungle for a set length of time, while eating some pretty hideous “delicacies”, courtesy of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! which is how Jungle Rumble has come about.

Players control David Haye as he embarks on a rampage through the jungle, punching his way through anyone in his wake and leaping over fires and crocodiles as and when required. It’s a very simple game, but a surprisingly fun one. Tapping anywhere on the screen makes him jump, while approaching a person opens up the option to tap on them to punch them aside. It’s very tongue in cheek given the text based cries of the people as they’re punched aside. Points are gained for stomping on them afterwards by jumping on them. It sounds extremely violent but everything is done in a cartoon style way. It’ll still provide adequate stress relief on those hard days though. There’s particular satisfaction to be gained from regular stomps, as well as a built up powerful attack gained from completing the ‘Hayemaker’ word on screen.

Such reaction based gaming is well implemented too, with controls proving responsive and reducing any chance of frustration. High scores are reasonably easy to rack up which feels all the more satisfying.

Currently, there’s not a huge amount more to it than that although I still found myself drawn in for longer than I’d have anticipated. I’d have appreciated the addition of single player challenges, such as those seen in other Endless Runners. Having said that, there is the promise of regular updates to keep the fun flowing and there’s already the prospect of leaderboard based competitions, giving players the chance to win some relevant goodies. The foundations of a fun game, regardless of your interest in reality TV shows, is there, which should prove sufficient for players for a while.

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