Monty Python's Cow Tossing Review
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Monty Python's Cow Tossing Review

Our Review by Brian Hudson on February 16th, 2011
Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: AVOIDABLE
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Monty Python's Cow Tossing is a game where you don't toss any cows. Instead, you launch birds at English Knights in this lackluster licensed Angry Birds copycat.

Developer: ZED
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPod Touch

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
Game Controls Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar

Monty Pyton's Cow Tossing is a game that wants to riff on the well-known "French Taunter" scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. What they came up with is a bad Angry Birds clone, one that suffers from poor graphics, poor controls, and poor level design. It's just a bad game all around.

I generally like to start by saying something good about a game, but there's nothing to say here. Monty Python's Cow Tossing is about as blatant an Angry Birds copycat as I have encountered. Like in Angry Birds, you're launching birds from a catapult in order to defeat enemies (yes, your primary ammunition is birds, so why the game is called Cow Tossing is anyone's guess). Like in Angry Birds, different birds have different abilities, including a bird that rockets forward, a bird that splits into three, a bird that drops an explosive egg, etc. Like in Angry Birds, you must defeat the enemies (in this case English Knights) by hitting them, knocking something into them, or knocking them onto the ground.

As if the unoriginality were not enough, everything about the game is bad. The graphics are mediocre, for one; they are meant to be inspired by the classic Terry Gilliam style of animation, but the look is not done well. The touch interface is also poorly done; the catapult is small and hard to touch, and pulling even a short distance puts great power into the shot, and there's no zooming in to give yourself more subtle control like you can do in Angry Birds. And finally, the game play itself is lacking; not only are the level designs uninspired, but there's also these random objects falling from the sky to ... er, earn points? Give you a boost? I was never quite able to figure it out.

As a Monty Python fan, I am disappointed with the lazy and unimaginative way this game has used the classic comedy troupe's work. As an iOS gamer, I am disappointed with the obvious, blatant copycatting of Angry Birds. This is nothing more than a licensed-name cash grab, and you should avoid it at all costs.

iPhone Screenshots

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