Mr. Papi returns for more hamburger munching craziness. Prepare to download.
Mr. Papi has once again invaded our iPhones, this time in the enjoyable and free app PapiCatch. Similar to his previous adventures, the goal is to score as many points as possible, except instead of jumping between platforms, you scarf down hamburgers while avoiding spiky yellow balls.
You guide Mr. Papi left and right along the playfield, either by pressing a location on the screen with your finger or physically tilting the iPhone in those directions. We prefer the latter control scheme, as it's much easier to see everything without our humongous hands getting in the way.
As for the game, it starts out simple and quickly becomes insane. Tons of hamburgers fly from the center of the screen and you consume the tasty treats by positioning Mr. Papi directly underneath them. Snagging burgers without getting hit by a spiked ball ups your multiplier, allowing you to net huge amounts of points; get hit once and it resets. After a short while, the yellow balls greatly outnumber the hamburgers, forcing you to make evasive maneuvers to avoid failure. With only three lives to play with, you'll need fast moves to attain a respectable score.
Although the game is enjoyable offline, Sunflat made it extra special by including an online leaderboard. This lets you upload your scores to see where you rank against the rest of the world. While a superb idea, we despise having to exit the game and activate Safari in order to view our stats. This same issue crops up in previous Mr. Papi games, and we implore the developers to build the technology into the apps instead of forcing players to quit and launch the web browser.
Seeing as how PapiCatch is free, that's a small price to pay for such a fun game. It lacks features, but Sunflat makes up for that with an addictive and hard app that'll keep you preoccupied for weeks, perhaps months. Now go grab those burgers.
What's Hot: Super addictive, free, has an online leaderboard.
What's Not: In order to access the leaderboard, you need to quit the game and launch Safari.