B.O.B. Strange Clouds
Rapper B.o.B. is the latest to hop aboard the multimedia hype train, where artists work to release pieces of entertainment that work alongside each other to create a more complete experience for fans...and more steam for their big releases. Like Bjork's Crystalline before it, B.o.B.'s iOS offering strange Clouds is an odd little game that has players slicing through colorful clouds a la Fruit Ninja, under the premise that these weird clouds are actually hiding specific shapes because aliens made them that way. Right.
According to in-game lore, each cloud possesses a soul, and the souls contain energy that's required to get your rocket ship off the ground and launching up into the stars. Essentially, you're ripping the very souls from poor unsuspecting clouds to use them (rather selfishly, we might add) as fuel. That's alien B.o.B. for you, forcing clouds to give up their lifeforce!
Across several different ridiculously colorful stages you'll slice and dice through these alien clouds in a bid to create shapes as requested for each cloud: triangles, angular trapezoids, you name it. The key to success is slicing and dicing with pinpoint accuracy for higher grades and point bonuses. The neon clouds are electric blues, pinks, greens, yellows, and a variety of other acid rainbow hues.
When you slice through each cloud you can even customize the trails that appear after you make your precise cuts as you gain ground with points, coins, and other bonuses. It's very much a treat for the eyes if trippy psychedelic coloring is your thing. The better your aim and accuracy, the more coins you're rewarded with which eventually you can purchase power-ups for your rocket ships, and a treasure trove of paint jobs, wings, and other aesthetic enhancements as a reward for sinking more time into this surprisingly addictive game.
For a casual 99 cent title that only scratches the surface of its ties to the rapper that inspired it, Strange Clouds is actually a decent Fruit Ninja-esque experience that will very quickly drain you of your free time if you let it. It does feature two of B.o.B.'s newest songs, but even if you're not a rap fan you can just as easily tune out those tracks for a surprisingly competent tie-in that packs big-time ambition and familiar gaming convention into a smaller app that's actually part of a marketing monster.
But despite its simple yet intuitive gameplay, it suffers from some low-res and cartoony graphics outside of the clouds themselves that look a little silly and amateurish. There isn't much detail to be had on the ships themselves and B.o.B. admittedly looks a little ridiculous as an alien. Furthermore, we're not really sure how this game really fits in with the scheme of B.o.B.'s latest album, and it's a silly concept -- but since it's such an addictive and playable concept, we can let it slide.
Strange Clouds is a lighthearted casual affair that hardcore gamers and fans of B.o.B.'s music can enjoy, so in that it's evident the push to combine media types seems to have been successful, at least in this case. Pick up the game for a rush of color and music if you're so inclined.