Developer: Chillingo Ltd
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★★
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

As someone who has played videogames all of his life, I have played as hundreds of heroes, but none so simplified as One Tap Hero.

The game very much cuts most of the excess off of the traditional gameplay experience, leaving only the basic gameplay to be used to the games advantage. One Tap Hero is, as one would assume, played with only one tap. This allows the player to traverse the environment and obtain coins, stars, and save their “sweetheart,” who has been turned into a teddy bear by an evil wizard.

Where the game shines is in the controls and level design. Players tap the screen to climb ladders, jump, or perform any other action in the game. The player doesn’t directly control the character; the character moves on his own. The levels are created in such a way that the player has to solve each level and gather the stars present. This gives the game a puzzle-style atmosphere that accompanies each level.

While everything works relatively well together, there are some moments of complication due to the controls. All of the games actions are controlled with a single tap. For me this lead to some problems in the more action packed segments. For instance on of the things I had trouble with was grabbing a ladder while jumping through the air. While not everyone may face these problems, they definitely were present.

One Tap Hero is an intelligent game that does what it claims, blending the genre of platform and puzzler well. Once the player gets past slight control issues there is definitely a great game to be had.

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