Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Starting out slow, Scrap Squad soon turns into quite a frantic affair highlighting the importance of recycling. It might not be the kind of title to lose one's self into for hours on end, but that doesn't stop it from being a satisfying experience to jump into every once in a while.
The concept is simple enough: players control an evil genius as he moves various pieces of waste to their relevant boxes in order to create evil scrap yard robots. Okay so it doesn't sound so simple, but in execution it is. On either side of the screen are four boxes, each representing a different color and type of waste. A conveyor belt brings down various different types of trash and it's up to the player to use a finger to sweep them across to the correct box. Combos can be achieved by collecting numerous pieces of the same colored trash. There's a mission available at all times, often relating to achieving such a combo - with more points meaning more coins.
These coins can then be used to buy upgrades and bonuses, thereby helping the player achieve even higher scores. It's simple but effective in enticing one to play again. Gaining plenty of coins will take a while, which is why there are in-app purchases available to hurry things along, but they're not essential.
Instead, the fun is focused on simply dividing up trash. Power-ups pop up to change things around to an extent and, at times, negative power-ups get in the way such as oil slicks. In each case, intuitive controls ensure they're reasonably entertaining to clear. Admittedly, I'd have liked to have seen more exciting unlocks arrive at earlier points in the game, but as a mindless way to pass the time, Scrap Squad does the job well.