Paper Toss Friends
Sometimes it's the simple ideas that work the best, and the popularity of the Paper Toss series has proved just that. Challenged with nothing more than flinging varying objects across the kind of office David Brent would feel very much at home in, this new social edition takes the simple gameplay global.
It's a first-to-three competitive affair, and you'll take it in turns with your partner to set up the rules for each round: the type of object being thrown and the area of the office you fancy killing some time in. If you've initiated a match, you go first to see how many successful shots you can make into the bin before you miss a total of three. Your opponent then makes their attempt at beating your score, before setting up the rules for the next round.
You control the game with a simple flick affair, selecting the strength and direction of the shot, while also taking into account a little office fan which adds a varying, blustery breeze to the stage. The majority of the stages are basic and feature a static bin, although one memorable scene has a bored, bin-carrying intern shuffling left and right on his squeaky chair.
The speed and direction of the wind doesn't really come into play until the latter half of each throw, and so there are two factors to consider on each shot: the particular type of object you're throwing, and the distance to the target bin. The humble crumpled paper ball catches much more of the wind so you'll have to launch it with a correspondingly wider angle. The 8-Ball has a good deal more weight to it, and so it follows a much straighter path in flight. Every other object, from Frisbees to bananas and watermelons, has its own set of delicate attributes.
As with Zynga's dominant social gaming system, you can have a number of games on the go at any one time, whether that's with Facebook or Game Center friends, or just squaring off against a randomly selected opponent. Unlike the majority of Zynga's output, however, you're not restricted to only a small number of games within a given period of time. Instead, you simply have to put up with an advert that appears for a few seconds after each round, and even that can be removed if you don't mind spending a little cash.
Paper Toss Friends would certainly benefit from a little more variety in the environments and scoring objectives, but there's still much to be mastered in this very enjoyable time-waster. Social gaming fiends who crave something different from the typical word-puzzling fare should definitely check this one out.
What's Hot: A great time-killer with some suitably daft humor.
What's Not: Greater variety in the throwing challenges would be very welcome.