Napoleon Dynamite's notebook never saw this much action.
There's an unwritten rule of iOS development that says all smash hit games spawn clones. This probably explains the existence of Majestic Software's Blot, a game that for all intents and purposes plays almost exactly like Halfbrick's Jetpack Joyride. Thankfully, it's more than a cheap cash-in.
Blot is an endless running game that gives you control of the character's movement. In this case, you play as a cute ink blot traveling across endless pages of a sketchbook to see how far the little guy can go, achieved by pressing and holding the screen to make him ascend, then releasing to descend.
The casual friendly nature of the experience makes it a guilty pleasure, especially since the designers task you with weaving between pencils and thumbtacks; one hit, and it's game over.
To make things easier, Majestic threw paint smears onto the screen that imbue the inkblot with different abilities, from speeding up to temporarily moving backwards to grab missed coins.
Speaking of coins, you collect these suckers to build your virtual bank account, which in turn can be spent on headgear (afro, luchador mask) and power-ups, from a portal that transports the blot to safety to a coin press that doubles the amount of loot grabbed in a single run.
Of course, none of these things come cheap, so you'll need to play the game for hours on end, or cough up real world dough via in-app purchase. We suggest the former.
The coolest thing about this title, though, is the visual presentation, which sets itself apart from other games on the App Store. The randomly generated stages feature all manner of charcoal designs, including whales, marshmallows, cupcakes, chocolate bars and fairies. You'll die admiring the pretty scenery.
So yes, Blot is a clone, but it's a damn good one. Jetpack Joyride gets the nod, in large part because it's free, but if you have $0.99, this runner (perhaps floater is more appropriate) comes recommended.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
What's Hot: Slick looking sketchbook graphics, excellent touch controls, adorable hero, climbing the leaderboards, universal.
What's Not: Not enough power-ups, no tutorial to explain paint colors.