Developer: Joseph Rothenberg
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics/Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Playtime Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Not all games on the App Store have to be hardcore and serious. Nerdy Workout is a great example of a game that’s the complete opposite of these two things. It stars a nerdy looking dude who is working hard to get in shape by doing bicep curls, but flying dinosaur monsters are seeking to rip off his arms. This happens to me all the time.

The controls for Nerdy Workout are simple. Tap and hold on the left side of the screen to do one bicep curl and then tap and hold on the right side of the screen to do another bicep curl. It’s only possible to do alternating reps so players must plan strategically while they try to avoid the fast and clever monsters. When an arm is ripped off, the nerd screams in a hysterical manner. It’s possible to continue playing with just one arm, but it gets difficult as the monsters increase in speed and frequency. It’s game over once both arms are lost.

4 EekThe goal is to get the highest score possible. As players increase their score they earn a new rank, trophies, and climb the Game Center leaderboards. There are over 30 different ranks that include such hilarious phrases as Limp Noodle, Beefy, and Doormat. There’s plenty of replay value to be had as players work hard to earn the highest score. The downside to the game is that it does feature advertisements, although they don’t get in the way of the gameplay. Additionally, one suggestion that I noted is that Nerdy Workout could use some power-ups of some sort or even different game modes in a future update to keep players interested.

Nerdy Workout is great for those times waiting at the doctor’s office or in the grocery line since it is easy to pick up and play. The classic retro graphics combined with the hilarious sound effects and artwork make it so much fun to play. It’s completely free to download so definitely give it a try.

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