Mr. Papi wants to bounce on your iPhone. We strongly suggest you let him.
When it comes to designing video games, you don't need a multi-billion dollar budget to create an enjoyable experience, and PapiJump is a good example why. Recently released for iPhone, it's based on one of our favorite pastimes; bouncing a ball for as long as possible. It's by no means an instant classic, but when it comes to free apps, it's a fun way to pass the time.
So here's the deal. PapiJump's main character, the appropriately named Mr. Papi, is a red ball with a face that loves to bounce on platforms. Your job is to make sure he keeps bouncing by tilting the iPhone (held vertically) left and right. The higher you go, the more points you score. If Mr. Papi plummets to his doom, you lose.
At first, things are easy because there are a lot of platforms. Play for a few seconds, however, and you'll notice less and less of them. This is where things get tricky, as you'll need to maneuver the phone in such a way that Mr. Papi bounces across the screen and hits the next platform.
To help you out, the game's designers connected the left and right edges of the screen, so it's possible to send Mr. Papi off one side and watch him reappear on the other. On the downside, as you ascend, the platforms that get pushed down and subsequently off the screen disappear, robbing you of a safety net.
That's basically it. There are no modes or difficulty levels. You start a new game, see how many points you can nab and then try again. There's an option of posting high scores to leaderboards, but the developers didn't build this feature into the game; you need to exit and then go online, a ridiculous decision.
Free, however, is a powerful word, and PapiJump is more addictive than we first thought. What began as a "let's see how this game is" play session resulted in a half hour of platform hopping. Now we can't pull out our iPhones without attempting to beat our high scores. So while PapiJump is far from revolutionary, it's simple and dumb fun that reminds us of our youth, when a rubber ball was all we needed to have a good time.
What's Hot: Mr. Papi never stops bouncing, the game gets progressively harder, more addictive than it looks.
What's Not: No restart button, you need to go online to post high scores.