Developer: Imangi Studios
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Little Red Sled is a bit of a departure for Imangi Studios. So far they have released 2 apps prior to this, Imangi (iTunes Link) and Word Squares (iTunes Link), both great but very different word puzzle games. Little Red Sled is much more of an arcade game based around sledding and gathering presents.

The gameplay for LRS is fun, simple, and so gosh darn cute. You glide your sled down the ski slope and gather presents while avoiding obstacles. There are all the usual things you’d expect to see on the ski slope. Trees, hills, moguls, jumps, presents, evil bunnies. What? Evil Bunnies?

The controls are well done, and respond really well. You steer your sled by tilting left/right. You can touch the screen to slow down. This helps with the levels where you have to collect a certain number of presents. In addition you can perform tricks on your sled when you hit the jumps by shaking your device.

The game itself is a goal based. For each level will have a certain goal to achieve, time based, score based, gather based, or a mixture. If you meet the goal for that level, you’ll unlock more levels to play.

Little Red Sled includes a great, original score that fits very well with the game and lends greatly to it’s innocent feel. Makes me thing I’m going to see Lucy and Linus dance across the screen. The score is an original composition by Natalia from Imangi Studios. You can see her play it and download the MP3 from the Little Red Sled website.

As with any 1.0, there are a few things that can cause problems. Mainly it has to do with doing things you shouldn’t. For one, don’t try to turn around and go up hill. Your sledder gets all flippy. Also, if you are going too slow and hit a bunny hole, you’ll get all dizzy and have to restart the level. All minor issues, easily avoided if you aren’t like me and do things the game wasn’t designed to do.

Here’s a video from the developer that shows the gameplay in the game and includes the great theme song.

This is a great, fun, cute, original game. There’s enough originality in the game to keep you coming back and playing. And it’s fun for all ages. Well worth the $2. Just watch out for those evil bunnies.

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