Saturday, 16 November 2013

App Review No. 27 Stickman Downhill

Strong Points:
Brilliant graphics
Good physics
Lots of bikes
Lots of levels
League Cups (Europe etc.) are great

Weak Points:
Some difficulty spikes are too big
Some bikes require you to have accounts on other things e.g Facebook which some people may be too young to have.
Repetitive after a while

In-depth Review:

Release Dates:
World Wide: 31 August, 2013

Tap left side of screen to brake
Tap right side of screen to accelerate
Turn to lean left/right

This game is basic. It is like many other biking games, but has something they don't, and that is polish. While other ones look cheap with bad graphics, boring level design and bikes which are out of reach just so that you keep playing their games, this game has decent graphics, and all right level design and a LOT of bikes. 16 in fact. And with only two making you buy the bike this is really good.

The graphics are really clear and polished and the character actually has the same graphic style as the background making it suit the background brilliantly. The physics are also good with certain parts of the bike breaking depending on what part of the ground/wall you hit. This is brilliant compared to some other bike games which just break your wheels off.

The game is also challenging but in a good way, as while there are some massive difficulty spikes (especially the rock levels) the game is actually quite well rounded in terms of level difficulty. However, there are a few levels which are incredibly frustrating and will take you a while to complete which gets rid of the 'pick up and play' style of the game a bit. There are also enough levels to keep you entertained for a long while.

And with the levels come the international leagues. These are awesome and will test your skills in a variety of ways. Also, the league times are not out of reach which is a great bonus.

However, being a bike game there are some necessary problems including repetitive gameplay and the fact that many of the bikes are slightly out of reach unless you play it for hours.

Conclusion: overall this is a great, addictive app which will take up a lot of your time while trying to climb up the leaderboards.

Rating: 75%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

Update: New Track Pack: Rampage with 10 new tracks
2 new bikes: Girl and Rocket

Update: many bug fixes and improvements including a fix for the Facebook like bug and iOS 9 compatibility fixes

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