E3 Chillingo Hands-on: Roll In The Hole

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 16th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Next up in the Chillingo gauntlet of awesomeness was a game that was very obviously catering to the kind of audience that would have appreciated the publisher's prior smash hit, Cut The Rope.  No, Roll In The Hole isn't a sequel or even really a spiritual successor as much as it is borrowing from a very similar graphical art style and simplistic control scheme.  That said, not only is the game aesthetically pleasing, but the easy to grasp controls will surely catapult the game to the top of many's "must own" list.

Players are placed placed in control of a portly panda that is shaped like a giant beachball. This poor misshapen mammal is not only lost, but is in dire need of sustenance of the ice cream variety.  Sure, his doctor may be advising against massive lactose consumption, but the overweight heart wants what the heart wants.  In order to snag these frozen snacks and reach the end of each of Roll In The Hole's seventy two levels, the goal is to guide the gentle giant from left to right, using only a simple touch to the left or right side of the screen.

While navigation may be easy, the different terrains make it more difficult for this panda to move.  Ice, sand and grass all have different amounts of drag and effect how quickly your bear rotates and gains momentum.  Making matters even crazier, the ridiculously and purposefully ludicrous plot-line will take you anywhere from a desert to outer space!

If you couldn't tell already, this is the kind of game that is not concerned with being taken too seriously.  For that very reason, I can't help but think that it will be a smashing success.  Roll In The Hole has a little bit of something for everyone and come on, how could you not want to download the game when you see how adorable it is?  It should be rolling onto the App Store later this July.


iPhone Screenshots

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Cut the Rope Original™ screenshot 1 Cut the Rope Original™ screenshot 2 Cut the Rope Original™ screenshot 3 Cut the Rope Original™ screenshot 4 Cut the Rope Original™ screenshot 5
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