Price: Free ($0.99 in-app purchase)
Version Reviewed: 1.00.01
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Planet Work doesn't sound overly thrilling does it? Who wants to be on a planet full of work? Planet Work the game however is quite fun in a slightly mindless sort of way, even if it does involve my least favourite household chore.
The planet's in a bit of a mess you see so it's down to you to vacuum all the mess up. This is done spectacularly easily by holding your finger down on the screen and moving it around in order to move your character across the screen. Once the designated area is clear, it turns green and you can rush onto the next section of the level. It's all done in accordance to a fairly generous time limit that will keep you on the move but rarely let you down. At the end of each stage there's a boss that needs vacuuming more so than other areas to break up the standard state of play. Also once you vacuum up a lot of junk, your power can be increased for a time as a form of boost attack which is particularly useful against these bosses.
It's simple to move the little character around and vacuuming is a simple matter of holding your finger down, or two fingers if you want to activate the boost attack. It's so simple that it reinforces the idea that Planet Work would be ideal to play with kids as I suspect young children in particular would enjoy getting to grips with it. They'd also definitely like the cutesy visuals.
For free you get the first five stages which won't take long to complete. Then it's a simple in app purchase of 99c to acquire the rest of the game.
Planet Work is a basic game but it's oddly compelling, probably because it's that simple. You might not find yourself playing it for more than one completion but you will almost certainly enjoy that time. Game Center leaderboards are useful here although some achievements wouldn't have gone amiss. There's not much point sticking with the free version as it's so brief though. It really will take you mere minutes to complete.
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