Poor old Granny Smith. Some little rogue is trying to gather all of her apples, and she needs to roller-skate (yes, roller-skate) her way through a city in order to beat him to the three delicious fruits that are scattered throughout each level, along with some cash. And who doesn't need a little extra money on top of their pension pot after all?
Granny's primary weapon against this one man crime-wave is a simple jump button which causes her to tumble end over end as you hold it down. She's also got a little cane on her too, which you'll need to use to grab onto telephone lines and drainpipes if you're to make it to the end of each level.
Later on you gain access to baseballs which are fired with a tap of the screen, and can be used to take out some of the scenery that would otherwise slow her down. Once you're in the construction site zone, you'll need to make use of air vents to get blown around to the greatest heights of the area's levels.
As well as some wonderfully designed levels, there's a fantastic physics engine in the game too. The tumbles that Granny takes over cars, cows, fields and tables need to be very carefully managed. Land her perfectly on her roller-skates and she'll maintain momentum and keep ahead of the thief, while a nasty crash on her back will bring things to a halt, and cause her to drop the money she's collected.
That cash can be used to skip levels, but we found two or three attempts was all it ever took to complete a single stage. If you want a helping hand you can pick up some banana-skins to drop behind you and trip the thief up, or get a crash helmet to protect yourself from harder bumps. You'll unlock new playable characters as you complete the game's stages, but you can spend some of your coins to play as Granny's dog or husband a little earlier, if you wish.
As well as the great level design and physics gameplay, the visuals are beautiful and you'll love soaring around the city-scape, farm and construction zones, just drinking it all in. You're also treated to a scratchy old black-and-white cinematic replay of your successful journey at the end of each level. It's a nice touch that really supports the world of the main character.
Granny Smith isn't the longest game on the App Store by a long-shot, and you could very easily finish the game in a single sitting. I think that would be missing the point though, as you're very much paying for quality over quantity here, and that's a trade-off that's more often than not worth it on the App Store.
What's Hot: Fun and fluid gameplay, genuinely charming characters and perfect level design.
What's Not: It's a little short, but still worth every penny.