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Mobile review round-up: 'Tin Can Man', 'Momonga Pinball' and more

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Released on Tuesday, Jan 22 2013

Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile gaming releases with reviews and trailers. This week's games are a unicycle robot, flying squirrel pinball and a green blob of mind-controlling goo.

Tin Man Can

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: 69p / $0.99

Tin Man Can is part of a new wave of mobile 2D platformers, building on the likes of Rayman Jungle Run rather than infinite runners like Canabalt and Jetpack Joyride.

The game features Tic, a unicycle robot who needs to roll through 60 stages spread across four different worlds. Tic automatically rolls to the right at all times, and by tapping players can activate his jet pack to jump.

The jet pack only has a limited amount of fuel though, and needs to land on the ground between uses. This leads to some tricky levels, as players need to time their presses to make it across gaps and around obstacles with the limited jet pack jumps.

'Tin Man Can' screenshot

© Chillingo Ltd



Players also collect hovatrons throughout the levels, which can act as mid-air fuel extensions. While they extend your jumps, they also make the game far more challenging since missing one means falling to your doom and restarting the level.

While hovatrons help players in the levels, they also help outside of them. Hovatrons can be spent through the in-game shop to buy new wheels and exhaust fumes to add your own cosmetic touch to Tic. They can also unlock cheats, which are power-ups and new vehicles that can offer a significant advantage on particularly hard levels.

Tin Man Can's 60 levels offer a lot of bang for the buck, at least assuming you have the reflexes to make it through them all. It is definitely on the more challenging side of the mobile gaming world, requiring precision timing pretty early on and never letting up after that. But should you make it through, there is a satisfying mobile platformer to be had.


> Download 'Tin Man Can' from the App Store



Momonga Pinball Adventures

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: 69p / $0.99

Momonga Pinball Adventures is a merging of genres that doesn't happen nearly enough considering how well it works. The game takes traditional pinball sensibilities and applies them to a 3D platformer style adventure game.

You play as the adorable flying squirrel Momonga, or more accurately, you play as the paddles knocking Momonga around each level. Levels are broken up into a series of smaller tables, where you have to clear targets in order to unlock the path leading to the next table.

The levels start off fairly simple with small circular arenas that are easy to navigate, but eventually open up into more elaborate puzzles. Moving walls, elevated platforms and clever bumper placement make the stages feel like an actual progression rather than a simple series of tables.

'Momonga Pinball Adventures' screenshot

© Paladin Studios



In between some stages players will take to the sky as Momonga makes use of his abilities as a flying squirrel. These segments control by tilting the device, as players pick up stars and avoid obstacles. It comes as a brief but welcomed change of pace, breaking up the pinball stages with a little variety so that the formula always feels fresh.

The downside of Momonga Pinball Adventures is that it's a fairly short adventure, at only 9 levels. Each level has five challenge objectives through, which is where the game starts to pull in the style of 3D platformers. The objectives change from level to level too, so one might ask you to destroy all blocks in a level while the next could ask to collect all stars during the flying segment.

The objectives don't change the way levels play too much, but they do offer additional challenges to extend the game's life. The core pinball aspect is tons of fun too, so you'll be looking for reasons to play more of it. It's brought together with an utterly charming art style and cast of furball characters that makes Momonga Pinball Adventures a joy to play on the go.


> Download 'Momonga Pinball Adventures' from the App Store



Infestor

Platforms: iPhone, iPad
Price: 69p / $0.99

Infestor is the latest 2D platformer from Ravenous, the studio behind games like League of Evil 2 and Random Heroes. Like the studio's previous games, it features a highly polished pixel-art style, though this time putting the emphasis more on puzzles than just pure platforming.

Players control a small blob of green goo as it slides and hops around levels. The goo's main ability is to take over nearby people, gaining access to their bodies and skills. Soldiers have guns while other humans can push boxes, jump higher or open locked doors.

'Infestor' screenshot

© Ravenous Games Inc.



Humans explode in a pixel-y mess when you're done with them, so there was great possibility for puzzles that challenged the order that you infest and use humans. There is some of that, but for the most part the right type of human is never far from the obstacle they are specially designed to overcome.

As a result, Infestor's 60 levels are over rather quickly. The levels are smartly designed and still quite rewarding, but it feels like there is still a lot that Ravenous could do with the different abilities. If we're lucky a sequel will materialize before too long, because Infestor shows promise to be studio's best yet.


> Download 'Infestor' from the App Store



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