Developer: Ripstone
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Harking back to the days when Flight Control was the King of the Gaming App Store, Men’s Room Mayhem is a fun if occasionally frantic line-drawing game, one that steers clear of the crudeness that could have been commonplace within such a theme.

mensroommayhem5That crudeness could have stemmed from the entire concept of the game. Namely, that a steady wave of patrons are making their way to use the facilities, and could do with some directions. As they enter the men’s room, players must draw a line between them and an urinal, before drawing a line between that and the sink in order to wash up. It’s a simple idea, but one that offers some creativity. For one thing, not all of the patrons need to use an urinal, some need to use a stall to do a different kind of bathroom visit. Same rules apply here, in terms of where lines must be drawn, but it’s tricky to keep everyone away from each other.

That’s the crucial thing when it comes to success. If two patrons collide, a fight breaks out and it goes against the player. Five fights, amongst the many waves, and it’s game over. There are etiquette bonuses to be gained, too, courtesy of keeping an empty urinal between men, something that I’m sure all men appreciate where possible.

It’s all a matter of getting a simple formula and adding a few bells and whistles to keep Men’s Room Mayhem interesting, and it works. Never overly complicated, it’s an easy game to drop in on for short bursts. There’s a missions system, which helps to unlock new stages, and while I’d have appreciated a more dynamic form of challenge, it offers the relevant impetus to pursue certain tasks. A mini-game in between waves, relating to cleaning up the blood left by fights, is a neat touch, also.

Men’s Room Mayhem might not be particularly smart, but it is rather fun. In particular, those who adored Flight Control will lap this up.

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