Hambo needs to bring home the bacon. Are you up to the challenge?
Hambo's on a mission to...well, we're not entirely sure what Hambo's mission is from the presentation of Miniclip's latest game, but imagine a combination of Angry Birds and Worms and you'll have an immediate feel for the meat of the gameplay. The titular character is tasked with completing more than 200 physics-based levels while armed with a variety of weapons such as pistols, uzis and explosive crossbows, all of which are used to take out the enemies placed across each level.
As well as increasingly clever enemy layouts, the environments themselves grow in complexity too, with bouncing rubber mats and crates being added to the mix in later levels. As a result, you'll often be tasked with combining your initial strategizing with quick, reactive thinking once each level has been set in motion.
Once the physics of the game have begun to unfold, Hambo himself may end up skidding along a slippery slope while having to fire a series of precise shots at multiple enemies, and in quick succession too. The challenge of picking off every enemy in order to clear each level fast becomes a matter of pristine execution and steady nerves.
Aiming a pistol shot is a matter of setting the target with a finger tap before firing the weapon, while a swipe of the finger can be used to take out multiple objects and enemies with the uzi. The explosive crossbows can be used to either dislodge enemies from their safety and into the abyss, or to clear out the destructible objects protecting them. Careful where you point that thing though, as a rebounded shot into Hambo himself makes for an ignominious death on the battlefield.
As you make progress through the game, you'll acquire coins that can be used to either unlock hints, fast-forward through levels entirely or unlock the wide selection of costumes, characters and mission packs available in the store. As is almost obligatory in mobile gaming these days, you can also purchase these coins for real-life money if you fancy treating yourself to a little boost.
While the controls are slick and dependable, we did experience a few issues when dealing with targets that had made their way to the far edges of the screen. Due to the placement of the pause and restart buttons, it can be very easy to line up an awesome shot, only to find yourself accidentally thumbing your way into restarting the level. We also experienced a couple of hard crashes on our Galaxy Nexus but these were few and far between, and only after extended sessions with the game.
Hambo on Android is free to download and ad-supported, although these are remarkably easy to ignore when playing the game in its landscape layout. Occasionally, you'll find yourself having to wait out a ten second timer before continuing, but these moments are infrequent and unobtrusive. In truth, we think you'll be won over by Hambo very quickly indeed, and you'll have no qualms about handing over some of your hard-earned cash to the developer.
Even though some of the fiddlier moments with the control system take a little shine off the overall experience of playing Hambo, we highly recommend this new kid on the physics-action block. The levels are varied, the complexity of the gameplay unfolds in a way that never leaves you feeling cheated, and there's a huge amount of customization and content to chase after. Just be careful of your fatter fingers when executing your master plans.
What's Hot: Smooth gameplay and a very well-designed difficulty curve.
What's Not: Controls can be fiddly and we experienced a couple of crashes on our device.