Trucks And Skulls HD
Ditch the Angry Birds and play with monster trucks in this unoriginal but extremely impressive iPad game.
On the App Store, the saying "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" gets thrown around a lot and for good reason. If you come up with a killer idea, it's only a matter of time before someone else copies it. Most times, this makes us shake our heads, but we'll make a rare exception for Appy Entertainment's Trucks and Skulls HD. This sharp looking iPad game plays almost exactly like Angry Birds, shamelessly so, actually. Yet at the same time, we can't condemn the developers, simply because they did an outstanding job taking a wonderful concept and making it edgier without a loss in quality. The result is one of best titles on the market and a bargain at $1.99.
As the title implies, the goal is to direct a series of monster trucks (one at a time) into a bunch of objects (be it concrete, glass or wood) to destroy a bunch of skulls. Like Angry Birds, you adjust the angle, pull back and let it rip, but instead of a slingshot, you have some sort of makeshift truck launcher. You can also add some oomph to the impact by swiping a finger across the screen while the vehicle sails through the air.
Naturally, doing this takes a bit of skill, planning and some luck. The designers surround the skulls with all sorts of materials, including TNT, lava and even rubber, where you'll need to bounce the truck through narrow passageways and off walls without flying out of bounds.
Part of the fun, of course, comes from using these objects to cause chain reactions, where glass shatters, things break and explode. Of course, it helps to have different types of trucks at your disposal, like the Doomstone (smashes through concrete and steel) and our personal favorite, Bombzilla, which tasks you with launching the truck and then swiping downward to drop its payload.
Meanwhile, you can snap a picture any time using the on screen camera icon, then email it to friends and/or post it to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. This, in particular, was well executed, and we love how the social media sites were seamlessly integrated into the experience.
In addition, the game comes with a meaty level editor that lets you create your own stages using a simple drag and drop interface. Then you can save and send that board to friends and vice versa.
So yes, Trucks and Skulls is a direct Angry Birds clone, but it's a great one. Not only is it immensely enjoyable, but it also has a cool presentation, with post apocalyptic backgrounds, mean looking trucks and plenty of explosions. Even the levels sound hardcore; Fortress of Bang, Indestruction.
Hey, the fact that we can't stop playing this title after months of Angry Birds means something. Trucks and Skulls HD comes up short in originality, but it's a polished, pretty and cool App with attitude. Spend the two bucks and have a blast.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Wonderful use of the Angry Birds concept, sharp post apocalyptic visuals, level editor, only $1.99.
What's Not: Nada. It's so sweet.