Price: $.99 HD $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2 / iPhone 4
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Chillingo has a new title that should have fans of pick-up-and-play action games flying high and planet-hopping with glee.
Rocket Bunnies and Rocket Bunnies HD, developed by Android game devs Defiant Development, have both landed on the App Store, with an already established following, an excellent concept and a killer style. The game is simple and almost obnoxiously fun. Rocket Bunny's job is to careen across the universe, saving baby rocket bunnies stranded on two galaxies in 60 different environments.
First, it’s a simple matter of timing your blasts from planet to planet with the brilliantly responsive single-touch control. Soon players are avoiding singing suns, blasting through webs, avoiding electric currents and other obstacles and collecting hats (yes, you read that right.)
The environments are quite varied for this type of “complete one level to unlock the next” game and the graphics are vibrant.
Gamers will be as compelled to laugh at Rocket Bunny’s antics as well as to play Rocket Bunnies over and over. The use of the word addictive is over-used, especially in reference to iOS games, but this one will have you saying “just one more time” for hours.
This is a polished offering. The devs had a chance to work out the kinks on early Android versions, and with Chillingo behind the iOS port, there is a promise of a third galaxy to come, Game Center and Crystal Gaming Network integration with leaderboards and achievements, and a GUI spit-shine.
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The learning curve is gradual - there is a tutorial world to teach the tricks to safe bunny space flight. The instructions are clear - though few are needed - and the animated scenes cracked me up. This game is not just cute: it’s cartoonish eye candy.
There is little to complain about. Several hours of testing revealed no bugs or crashes on either iDevice and gameplay is great on both iPhone and iPad. The responsiveness and simplicity of the one-tap control mechanism is superb.
A little more logic to the galaxy maps, and a bit more information on the hats thing would be nice, but otherwise this is an almost perfectly executed game. Served in small fun helpings, Rocket Bunnies is a must-have.