Doodle Jump: HOP The Movie
Easter meets App Store in Lima Sky's movie themed platformer.
Similar to Angry Birds Rio, Doodle Jump: HOP The Movie merges an upcoming film with a proven iPhone/iPad hit. The game plays exactly like Doodle Jump, and even features a cameo by Doodle the Doodler, except you control the movie's hero, E.B., and hop through 25 Easter themed levels.
If you're familiar with Doodle Jump, there's little about HOP that'll seem revolutionary, though it's still highly entertaining. Basically, the goal is to keep E.B. jumping to higher platforms to reach a specific height, be it 7,000 or 10,000 feet. You do this by tilting the device back and forth, paying close attention to where the character lands. Reach the egg near the top, and you'll move to the next stage. Fall off the screen, and E.B. restarts the climb.
This is one of those games that appears easy but requires a bit of skill and patience to master, despite the user-friendly controls. Some levels feature moving platforms, evil baby chicks (the sound these critters make gives us chills) and fragile eggs that break underfoot. We've certainly experienced a lot of tense moments, where E.B. missed the last jump, sending us right back to the beginning with sore egos to boot.
At the same time, we keep coming back for more, simply because the game uses the Doodle Jump formula to great effect. In addition, the developers at Lima Sky integrated plenty of art from the film, as well as links that let users watch the trailer or purchase movie tickets.
Ultimately, this is little more than a promotional vehicle, and that's fine, simply because it's both effective and fun. Kids will obviously love it, but even adults will enjoy what Doodle Jump: HOP has to offer. Of course, the fact that it's free means you have nothing to lose.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Universal for both iPhone and iPad, classic Doodle Jump gameplay, HOP inspired graphics, excellent tilt controls, free.
What's Not: Just 25 levels.