Winter iPad Games [Mini Mobile Reviews]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’ve been doing mobile reviews on this blog for about a year now and I decided to do something a little different this month. I went onto the app store on my iPad and looked up winter-themed games. I only picked out four to play this time, but I’m sure I’ll have more posts like this in the future. Here are the mini-reviews of these four games in the order that I played them.

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Snowball.io

Unfortunately for me, this was the first game I played and it was the best game out of all the winter games I tried. At least, I had the most fun with this one.

I’m sure you may be familiar with the .io games in which you play online with a bunch of other people competing to come in the first place. This is often having your character become the “biggest” in terms of eating objects on the board or even trapping your opponents. Snowball.io is similar.

You’re in a snowball fight with eight other people on a small map. This map being snow-covered ice in the middle of the ocean that will slowly sink causing the map to grow smaller.

Wait. Did I just stumble on a battle royale mobile game?

Anyway, you glide your finger across the screen to move your character (which is a snowplow-like vehicle) and it’ll automatically make a snowball. The more you move, the bigger the snowball gets. The bigger the snowball… well, bye-bye to your opponents. That is if you can aim.

I wasn’t great at aiming so I tended to get up close and personal with them, bashing my large snowball into them by walking into them. Otherwise, if you want to shoot your snowball from afar, you just need to lift your finger from the screen and your character will let go.

It’s saying a lot that I had the most fun with this game out of all the four I played. This game was extremely easy and got monotonous after a while. The matches never lasted long (most likely because you’re only up against eight other people) and once you were out of the match, you had the opportunity to watch an ad to come back. I didn’t think that was fair. Once you’re out, you’re out. Of course, if you got out a second time, it brought you back to the main menu. So, at least you can’t watch ad after ad to get into first place.

Also, there was no music. No sound effects. Nothing. Silence. I thought the sound on my iPad was broken at first (it is almost 5-years-old, after all) but it turns out there’s just no sound at all to the game. You’re playing a snowball fight in an empty void.

Snowball.io gets a rating of…

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Clean Road

What am I supposed to say about this one…? Clean Road is a simple game where you glide your finger across the screen to control the plow truck. The road is covered with deep snow and there are cars trapped in their driveway. You need to create a path on the road, making sure you reach every driveway and let them out.

I mean, I don’t know about the rest of you, but whenever a plow drives by my driveway, it piles more snow at the end of it blocking me in. It doesn’t clear it away so I can get out. It just means more shoveling for me. But, I guess it’s a mobile game so I’ll let the physics slide…

Also, why do I need to let these people out of their driveways? If there’s this much snow, they should all stay home and let the plows do their job. Instead, I let them out of their driveways and they immediately follow me to the end of the road (which has no snow on it, by the way. Mother Nature only likes to screw over certain areas).

This game makes no sense.

But whatever. Once you reach the end of the road, the level is over and yay! You get to go onto the next level.

I’d like to say each level gets harder than the previous one. There will be objects in the road you need to avoid and yes, once in a while a giant snowball will come out of nowhere and roll across the street. Giant icicles will also fall from the sky. For the most part, though, it’s too easy making the game pretty boring.

Difficulty aside, this game was weird. Level one – snow. Level two – snow. Level three…

You’re a tractor instead of a snowplow. The road is covered in tall grass, not snow. The driveways are blocked by barrels of hay. Giant carrots fall from the sky. What is this game?!

Level four? Back to snow.

Why? I. Don’t. Understand.

Oh, but in level four we are back to snow, yes, and icicles fall from the sky but so do the giant carrots.

And this, my friends, is when I stopped playing the game. I have no idea if got weirder or not and I’m afraid I shall never know.

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Penguin Isle

This game is cute. I honestly thought I enjoyed this game more than Snowball.io but… I quickly realized there’s nothing to do in Penguin Isle.

You start off on a small iceberg in the middle of the ocean. For the tutorial, you get some things for free to start. However, there’s in-game coins and hearts that you to need to buy everything else. There are different habitats you can get for your small iceberg that will expand the isle. For example, fishermen or gardener or a hot springs. Why these particular things? I don’t know. Anyway, once you get those habitats, they’ll make money.

You can buy penguins as well and they’ll give you hearts depending on how happy they are. Happiness is measured by how many habitats you have and how many other penguins you have. The coins buy more penguins and more habitats while the hearts upgrade habitats.

And… that’s it. Most games like this use real-time, as does Penguin Isle, but the more habitats you build, the more money they earn – which is also true for this game. However, those times increase from one minute to a few hours. Penguin Isle’s habitats increase in time as well. But only by seconds.

The habitats make so much money within ten seconds or so and you can use hearts for their first upgrade so that they collect the money on their own. Which was nice, since I didn’t want to collect money from the habitats every five, seven, or ten seconds.

The habitats earn a lot of money and they’ll earn even more with every upgrade. This makes everything else so expensive so… like most money-making real-time based games, you’re doing a lot of waiting.

However, most games have mini-games or some sort of interaction with the characters. Or you can rearrange your space, add decorations, and more. Penguin Isle doesn’t have any of that.

You’re watching them collect money and hearts on their own and waiting for the cash flow to build up so you can create the next thing. Rinse, repeat.

The penguins were cute, yes, and the music was soothing. After a while, though, it’s not worth your time.

Penguin Isle gets a rating of…

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Cubes Craft Winter

This is totally not a Minecraft knock-off, okay, guys? Nope. Not at all.

This game does not have blocky areas for you to explore and craft with various blocks that are made out of different materials.

Cubes Craft Winter is completely different because it’s all winter-themed. That’s right. Take that, Minecraft!

…That’s really all I have to say about this game. I played it for all of maybe two minutes before I exited out of it. The controls were horrendous. Want to play a game like this?

Go play Minecraft.

Cubes Craft Winter gets a rating of…

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There were a lot of winter-themed games in the app store and yet, it was slim pickings. I chose these four games because the looked the most appealing and… well, they looked good if we’re going to judge a book by its cover. Plus, there were so many Santa Countdown games. That should be its own category.

I’m sure I’ll do mini-reviews again at some point. I may even do winter games again next year. Someone is bound to come up with something brilliant within the next year… right?

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Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch [Mobile Game Reviews]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

We all know and love Rollercoaster Tycoon. We used to play it on PC all the time when we were kids and even now it’s fun, especially for the nostalgia factor. Did you know it’s a mobile game too?

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Rollercoaster Tycoon is a pretty famous game. Everyone has played it on the computer at one time or another – at home, at a friend’s house, or even in a computer class at school. This game is a classic and well known for creating obnoxious rollercoasters that kill people. Seriously, if you haven’t made a rollercoaster and then watched your customers fly off to their death, you’re missing out.

I don’t have the game anymore. I haven’t played it in so long. It came out for the Nintendo Switch fairly recently, though I have yet to get it. I found the next best thing though (please note the sarcasm) – Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch on my iPad.

This game is similar to the other Rollercoaster Tycoon games. You build a theme park and the goal is to make it the best it can be all the while keeping your many customers happy. To build the park you need rides, of course, and various stations like restrooms, restaurants, gift shops, maintenance for rides, janitors, and more. Each of these and the rides need to be placed strategically in your park. Each has its own radius. For example, a janitor stall will only clean the area within the radius. You can get more and pay to upgrade everything so the radius will grow, you can earn more cash from it, and the customers will be happier.

This all sounds fine and fun, right? You build your park, make customers happy, collect the cash, build more stuff. However… there’s no “shop.” You can’t go to one place and buy a certain ride or an ice cream kiosk. Everything comes in the form of cards. Like, trading cards.

You can open “packs” of cards each day and you’ll get random cards. These are rides, buildings, decor for the park, anything and everything you need to create the best park ever. Once you have the card you want to build, you need to spend the amount of money on it in order to actually build it. So, you have the merry-go-ride card, but if you don’t have 10,000-dollars (or however much it is) then you can’t use the card until you make more money.

This goes for upgrading places as well. If you want to upgrade your merry-go-ride to widen the radius and build it stronger so it doesn’t break down after two days, you need to get that card three times, for example. Then, you have to pay even more money to upgrade it even though you have all the cards.

Now, all of this sounds fine in theory. However, because the cards are random, your park can get pretty messed up. I have one rollercoaster in my park because I haven’t gotten any coaster cards. My customers are super pissed at me because I only have two janitor stalls that cover not even a quarter of the park. The place is littered with trash but I can’t upgrade their radius or buy a new stall or 12 because I haven’t gotten any janitor cards. I looked it up, too. Apparently, the janitor stalls are rare. Why? Why would those, of all things, be rare? But bathrooms? I’ve got you covered for the entire park as well as the parking lot!

Needless to say, once I turn on the game and collect my money from the rides, there’s not much for me to do. I can only reorganize my park so many times just to keep myself playing while I wait for more cash to come in so I can buy more rides and such. Even then, everything is so expensive so if I have the money to buy another ride or two, well I want to upgrade something I already have and that costs twice as much as those two new rides. So, I’m going to save my money and wait.

The tutorial is brutal. It’s so long. It’s a mobile game – I think I can figure out how to play myself. Once you get through that though, there’s nothing to do. It’s a waiting game until you get cash and a crapshoot until you get what cards you need.

I had a hard time wanting to go back to this game and keep playing it for the sake of this review, though I don’t regret giving it some of my time.

Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch gets a rating of…

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Overall, Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch isn’t a bad game. It’s mindless enough that if you’re chilling on your iPad watching TV, you can just collect your money and go. Or, if you’re OCD like me, reorganize your entire park. Still, the gameplay is shortlived. I can’t imagine it’ll stay on my iPad for much longer now that this review is done.

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Bubble Struggle: Adventures [Mobile Game Review]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I’ve got another mobile review this month, which happens to be a game I used to play on PC all the time when I was in elementary school.

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Bubble Struggle was a game I used to play all the time when I was younger. It was formally known as Bubble Trouble on the PC. Kris and I were thinking about it the other day and I decided, for the heck of it, to see if it would be on the app store. Sure enough, Bubble Struggle: Adventures was the first thing to pop up.

It was free, so I downloaded it and started playing it right away. The set up is different than from what I remember, but the gameplay is the same.

You play as the red alien guy moving left and right using a touch-screen joystick on the bottom of the screen. He can shoot his gun up into the air straight above him, but nowhere else, and that’s by tapping a button on the touchscreen on the bottom left side of the screen.

That’s all there is to it as you try to pop all the bubbles. The bubbles come in various sizes, the bigger they are, the more bubbles they’ll turn into. For example, a smaller sized bubble will turn into two bubbles that are even smaller. Hit those two and they’ll pop. There are giant bubbles that take up a good amount of the screen that will end up turning into many bubbles. The screen can certainly get crazy and overwhelming at times. However, it’s not a hard game.

There is a “hub world” of some sorts. It’s a bunch of doors, each leading to a hallway. Once you get to the end of one hallway, there’s a “boss” which is just a harder level of what you’ve already done. Beat that, and you can go up the stairs and do it all over again on the next floor.

There were a couple of levels I got stuck on. Way back when, each level was an open area. Bubble Struggle: Adventures has obstacles in each level. There are stairs where you can go up and down if there are bubbles up top, there are half-sized walls that can block your shot or making the area smaller for you to get to a certain bubble. So, I did have to try a few times are certain levels to get myself in the right spot to get all the bubbles.

Power-ups do fall from certain bubbles. For example, your character can have a double-shot, a vine where it’ll stick to the ceiling and only go away until a bubble bounces into it, or even a shield that will allow you to get hit once and not die right away. That’s another thing – there’s no health. If you get hit by a bubble you die immediately and have to restart.

I haven’t gotten through all the levels yet and I’m not sure if I ever will. Still, I have the game on my iPad in case I ever want to go back to it. It’s a fun, mindless game to sit and play a few levels for a couple of minutes.

Bubble Struggle: Adventures gets a rating of…

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Overall, Bubble Struggle: Adventures was a nice blast from the past. If you used to play the game on PC, definitely look into giving this one a try, especially since it’s free in the app store. If you’ve never tried the game even but are into casual shooters like this, again, give it a try. It’s fun.

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