Developer: Chillingo
Price: $0.00
Version Reviewed: 1.0

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

There’s something to be said for keeping app ideas simple. Some developers come up with complex schemes for crazy apps, but the most successful games are always the ones that should come naturally. Take Wackylands Boss for example. All it is, at its core, is a game in which you are a big monster that wants to kill all the little people in the kingdom. There are no complex controls, just a simple gesture for jab, big attack, and evade along with a few buttons for special attacks. There are also no puzzles to solve, just mind-numbing button mashing. On the scale of easiness, there’s really nothing easier than playing WackyLands Boss.

Being a Chillingo game, though, means that there is a certain level of polish that most other games can’t match. First off, the graphics and sound are spot on for what they should be. They are bright and crisp, but also scary enough at times to make the monster seem like a fierce beast. There is also a pretty deep weapons/ armor store that you can shop in once you get enough money from killing the humans. The weapons and armor range from little gloves and ninja suits to fierce swords and uprooted castles that act as clothing. WackyLands also has a fairly innovative “evolution” system that lets you unlock different beast modes (i.e. skeleton monster, lava monster) that all have a unique look and their own special attacks.

My only complaint about WackyLands Boss is the depth. The entire game consists of three stages with only a handful of levels in each. While each level is challenging in its own right, the entire game can be defeated in only a couple of hours. There are a few minigames that you can unlock as you go through the main game, but none of the minigames really hold a candle to the single player experience. I would love to have seen some sort of Game Center multiplayer battle system to duke it out against other players, but it looks like all I can do is hope for that to happen.

Even with the relatively short gameplay, WackyLands Boss is well worth the $0.99 asking price. The level of polish alone is worth the price of admission, and getting to pound the heads of hundreds upon hundreds of little human soldiers just puts the game over the top. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to play the next WackyLands game by Fair Play Labs.

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