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Hank Hazard

 

 

SCORE: 81

 

Hank Hazard 

 

Hank Hazard is a hamster that dreams of being a professional stunt artist. Thanks to Chillingo he gets his chance in this iPhone game. And he has nothing to do with the Dukes of Hazzard. That has two 'z's in the name. So he gets in his ball, and it is up to the player to get him to the landing target spot. Expect more to do than that though, as there are things to collect.

One of the most interesting things about Hank Hazard is each level has a specific goal. Maybe do the level in so many moves, hit the target at a certain speed, or other types are things are generally the goals. Collecting as many star coins as possible is of course another goal in Hank Hazard. Get them all, and the goal for a gold nut. Which unlocks a bonus level.

Poor Hank Hazard can be killed in a variety of ways. Things like fire, electricity, and spikes will all end your level. You can also get completely stuck in certain levels. The game recognizes this quickly and offers a restart. Hank Hazard is a cute little hamster with humorous expressions throughout the various levels.

The music in Hank Hazard is fantastic. I love listening to it while solving the levels in this hand held game. The special effect sounds fit the theme and bring something fresh to the table. Sadly there is a downside to this section for Hank Hazard as well. I acquired ninety star coins to unlock the third world. The name of that world was shocking to say the least. I am a little surprised Apple did not list language as one of the descriptors.

There is a reasonable amount of levels in Hank Hazard for the ninety-nine cents. Players will have to replay them to get all of the bonus content. I will level with ya'll - Hank Hazard is one of the most difficult physics puzzle games I have ever played on the iPhone/iPod Touch. At times it felt like there was a little lag between tapping somewhere and that item reacting.

Hank Hazard teaches us to take a risk. It also shows that taking those risks will lead to physical damage. Parents can use Hank Hazard to explain to children why we don't do certain things. In other words actions have consequences. That world name is one aspect of Hank Hazard that does not resonate here at Family Friendly Gaming. The majority of the content is good in Hank Hazard. It is a shame that is what that world is called.
- Paul

{03/31/2012 UPDATE}: There has been an update to Hank Hazard. That world with a bad word in it has been corrected. Scores were adjusted.

 

Graphics: 76%
Sound: 88%
Replay/Extras: 82%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 77%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Chillingo
Rating:
‘9+’ - 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence}

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