Kick Buttkowski: Loco Launcho
Command the sky in Disney's free and highly enjoyable App.
Kick Buttowski: Loco Launcho is instant gratification, personified. This free and universal App, based on the Disney animated series, tasks you with guiding the fearless daredevil through ten thrilling stages, where traveling at high speeds, grabbing stars and launching off ramps are but a few keys to success. It's so good that we're begging for more. The desire for additional content, though, is the game's biggest weakness.
Each level is an obstacle course full of opportunity and danger. After messing with the Rev Meter to build up speed, Kick sails off a ramp towards the (literally) great unknown, blindly sailing through collectible stars (these translate to Wow Points, the game's currency), hoops to perform tricks, trampolines and obstructions that can damage his vehicle, which in turn sends him plummeting to the ground. Satisfy three objectives- Distance, Height and Wow Points-, and you'll unlock the next environment.
Doing this is easier said than done, since you cannot see what lies ahead. It's therefore in your best interest to upgrade Kick's abilities, cashing in the Wow Points for a variety of items that include a shield, parachute and added boost. Don't even try to ignore them, as they are essential for beating the game.
On the positive side, Kick Buttowski is fast-paced and fun, the type of App you can whip out and score a quick fix without having to wade through cut scenes or even load times. We just wish it had a restart button mid level, ala Angry Birds, but that's a small issue compared to the game's lack of content. You'll plow through it in just a couple of hours, maybe less, and with no online leaderboard, there's little incentive to come back, aside from besting previous scores.
Of course, it's tough to argue with free. Kick Buttowski: Loco Launcho comes up short in the value department, but no iPhone/iPad owner should miss the satisfying experience it provides. Now please, Disney. Release an update.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: Free, adrenaline fueled gameplay, upgrades and vehicle customization.
What's Not: Only ten levels, you can't see where you're going, no online leaderboard.