Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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To be honest, Tomato World simply isn't that appealing of a title for a game. It conjures strange images of BurgerTime wannabes and freemium nightmares. But the adorable little tomato featured in the icon and the game itself was intriguing enough for me to take the plunge, and I'm quite glad that I did.
What's hidden behind what some may call a cheap exterior is a simple yet engaging adventure that's absolutely perfect for binge plays, just like Flappy Bird before it. And before you know it, you'll have spent a shameful amount of time trying to power through each of the 44 levels.
Tomato World finds you controlling a happy little tomato who's perpetually in motion. You need only to tap anywhere on the screen to make it jump over the obstacles that come down the pipeline. It's simplified platforming in a way that eliminates any need for tutorials or explanations, and thus anyone can jump in and start playing. Your tomato is constantly on the move so there is a need for you to adjust how early and responsive you are by tapping the screen for him to jump, which does add an air of difficulty to the game that wouldn't typically be there had this been created as just another generic platformer.
Of course, making sure you only jump over platforms isn't going to be the only thing you'll worry about. There are enemies, traps, and other surprises waiting for you over the course of the game - like pesky flies and obnoxious spikes that are conveniently placed for you to jump right into so you'll either die from being hit or fall down into a pit. There's no coming back from hitting an enemy either, as you'll simply shrivel up and die a gory, ketchup-laden death or fall down the pit to your death, then respawn as quickly as you died. It's quick and painless despite the harm coming to your tomato, and you'll be itching to try again in no time.
Unfortunately, there just isn't much else to the game beyond its initial 44 levels and simplistic play style. And even though it's addictive to power through the game as quickly as possible, there isn't much of a reason to come back to it once you've conquered it.
Still, Tomato World is a fun and surprisingly polished free platformer that should, at the very least, tide you over until the next big thing. And if nothing else, you'll come away with a newfound appreciation of how cute tomatoes can really be.