Doodle Jump is a painfully simple game, but who’s to say that simplicity won’t lead to greatness. Believe it or not, Doodle Jump is one of the greatest mobile games ever despite of its simplicity. In fact, simplicity is one of the reasons why so many gamers have become addicted to it. Move aside PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360, this simple iPod Touch app just gave you a run for your money.
About the Game
How simple is Doodle Jump? First of all, the objective of the game is very simple. All you need to do is to help your doodle jump as high as possible. You’ll be jumping on platform after platform and the higher you get, the better your scores are.
On your way up, you’ll be collecting some items that can help you go higher. There are jetpacks, rockets, propeller hats and even springs that make you jump higher and higher.
Don’t get over confident though because there will be monsters, UFO’s and even blackholes that will attempt to hinder your climb.
This doesn’t sound too exciting, but when you factor in the way the game is played and the challenge of beating the best players in the world, the game starts to take on another meaning. Pretty soon you won’t be able to stop playing. You will become addicted and there isn’t any treatment available for Doodle addiction, other than losing your mobile device.
You are presented with a very simple screen. The doodle and some platforms you need to jump onto. The doodle jumps on its own so all you really need to do is to control it to make sure that it lands on one of the platforms above.
As you progress in the game, you’ll be able to shoot down items that will keep you from jumping higher. This just adds to the excitement of the game, but making sure that you land on a platform above you and that you don’t fall off is challenging enough.
Doodle Jump also has Game Center built in so you can challenge the best players in the world. Your tops scores are automatically recorded so you know if you are anywhere close to challenging the tops scores. With so many other people already addicted to this game, it could take you a while before you can become confident enough to challenge their skills.
You can also race against your friends in multi-player mode. Doing so will unlock achievements and these add to the fun of the game.
The game is pretty simple to play. All you need to do is to tilt your device to control the doodle and tap the screen to fire shots. Tilting the device may be a little difficult at first, but it doesn’t take very long to master. If you continue playing the game, you’ll be tilting your device very accurately in no time at all.
Graphics and Sound Effects
Doodle Jump is all about fun and excitement. It may seem weird at first that in an age where hi-tech graphics can sometimes define how good a game is, that a game as simple as Doodle Jump can get as popular as it is today.
The graphics are so simple that it looks like it was drawn by third or fourth grader. Some first graders can actually draw better. However, if you really take a closer look at the game and analyze its strategy, you’ll realize why the graphics are that simple.
Heavy hi-tech graphics are hard on the eyes. They may look awesome at first, but the longer you play, the more strained your eyes become. Simple graphics are easy on the eyes and you can play countless hours without feeling the need to look away.
This is another reason why the graphics are so simple. You can never take your eyes off the screen even for one moment or you’ll make a mistake and have to start over.
The sound effects are as equally simple. Most games have soundtracks that you’re forced to listen to while playing, but this game doesn’t have one. Every action on the screen, like the doodle jumping and landing on a platform, will have a corresponding sound. The entry of enemies on the playing screen also has a sound. That’s all the sound you’re going to get from Doodle Jump.
Other than being addictive, the game really doesn’t have any drawbacks.
Only start playing this game if you’re willing to become addicted to it. If you’re going to play it at work, you’ll be playing at your own risk because the developers will not be held liable for you losing your job due to playing their game.
If you’re going to play it infront of your wife or girlfriend, you run the risk of suddenly becoming indifferent to their needs.
Doodle Jump is definitely one of the best games ever.
Developed By: Lima Sky
Requirements: Requires iOS 3.1 or later
Compatible With: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
Other OS: Android, Facebook, Xbox, PSP, Wii