Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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Farts are funny. Few people can deny this, even if they'd like to pretend that they prefer high brow fare. So how about a dinosaur that's fart propelled thanks to his love of beans? That's what Tiny Toots offers in abundance and it's great fun for those times when simple yet compelling gameplay are favored over in-depth storytelling, even if it does owe much to Tiny Wings.
Tiny Toots is a game that requires one finger to unleash the power of wind propelled dinosaur running. Throughout each level, numerous hills are between Houston the dinosaur and the end of the stage. Holding a finger to the screen speeds Houston up on his descent from each hill while the opposite is true while climbing the obstacle.
It makes for a one touch game that still requires a fair amount of concentration and timing. Indeed, it's more challenging than Tiny Wings and practice is essential in order to keep Houston's speed up. This speed is of the essence as the evil Dr Beanstalk is chasing Houston, intent on taking him back to the dinosaur farm, and ending the game for the player.
Along the way, players can collect more beans and special chilli beans, in order to give Houston a precious speed boost and gain extra points. Four different cups can be gained - stone, bronze, silver, and gold - along with plenty of other satisfying achievements. The basic principles are still there, however, and it's a fun ride despite its shallow nature. Controls are simple to get to grips with and the whole look of the title ensures that it's ideal for family gamers as well as older players.
Tiny Toots might be a very simple and familiar idea but it executes the concept well. At the low price of $0.99, it makes for an ideal commuting game that's easy to drop in to and see results fast, especially for those in need of something different from the feathered bird variety. A steady stream of updates in the future will go some way to ensuring that players don't forget about Tiny Toots after the initial fun factor has faded.