Companies have been trying to do
platformers on the iPhone/iPod Touch for some time now. Most come up
short in one sector or the other. Usually the touch screen controls get
in the way of how a platformer plays. There is something essential about
feeling the controls instead of having ones fingers right over them.
Fancy Pants enters the fray to show others how it is done. This is a flash game that has been ported to the iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. Family Friendly Gaming was provided the universal version for this review. Fancy Pants looks like a flash game. In fact the art style is extremely distinctive. Stick figure people, and pencil drawings populate this world.
The good news is the graphics are safe for the family - generally. There is some mild action adventure violence. We jump on the heads of other characters, and creatures that are in the way. They get dizzy and fall down. Later players are able to use weapons like swords to dispatch the bad pirates.
The music in Fancy Pants is top notch. The jamming sounds had me ready to play this hand held game. The music in Fancy Pants fits the fast paced nature of this game. It reminds me of another well known video game franchise - Sonic the Hedgehog. The speed in Fancy Pants is very impressive. It also has a platform feel that is right out of the Sonic playbook.
There are not many levels in Fancy Pants for the ninety-nine cents. The levels are however extremely huge. there are multiple hidden items and places in Fancy Pants. There are also multiple ways the levels can be played in Fancy Pants. It is my personal opinion that Fancy Pants is worth the cost. Especially when we factor in how good of a platformer it is.
I rarely had issues with the controls in Fancy Pants. A few times I got my fingers off the left and right controls. At that point things went really bad for me. I then had to find my finger placement after the game let me restart. I learned all kinds of fun things about physics thanks to Fancy Pants. The storyline in Fancy Pants is a little corny. These pirates steal the kings bath tub, and then kidnap your sister to be their new pirate captain. The story earns points for trying to be sort of original.
Family Friendly Factor: 80%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
Rating: ‘4+’ - 4+
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