Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch 2nd Generation
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At its core, Tango Chase is a dodging and reflex game, but it offers more than just that. Levels are full of interesting power-ups and collectables that make the game fun and engrossing.
The goal is to guide Tango, a spiky-haired monkey, from one platform to the next and to make it to the bottom of the level. This is complicated by numerous types of obstacles, like moving spikes and platforms that break. Players control Tango by tilting their device to move Tango side to side and swipe downwards to make Tango fall. Tango will automatically grab onto any platform that he touches. Be careful not to move down the screen too quickly because falling off the bottom of the screen is an automatic fail. Also, moving too slow is also hazardous because if the top edge of the screen touches Tango then the points counter is reset to zero.
Many different types of collectables, like coins, gems, and power-ups are scattered within each level. The coins can be used in the in-game store to purchase level skips, power-ups, or remove ads. There are many power-ups, like a propeller hat that slows Tango’s fall, as well as a speed boost, cash magnet, umbrella, and wings. The store lists a shield and invisibility as “coming soon” and both sound like they would be a great addition to the game.
The first few levels explain how to play with simple and easy to understand animations. The difficulty ramps up pretty quick, which is nice so players aren’t forced to play a bunch of really easy levels in the beginning.
Players have the option to skip a level if it is too difficult, but only a few skips are available for free. Additional skips can be purchased in the score. Tango chase has over 70 levels, all for free, and the app has global leader boards and achievements.
Tango Chase is a solid reflex and dodging based game. The game play isn’t innovative, but it’s simple and fun. The power-ups are really nice and switch things up by adding some variation to the game and the collectibles offer incentives to replay levels.