One of the things I love to see is console quality games on other
systems. This is where Pepe Porcupine enters on the iPhone, and iPad.
This is one solid and deep puzzle game. One that may have some members
of Family Friendly Gaming Universe pulling their hair out. Some of the
254 levels are extremely difficult. I gave up on some of them. Which is
a really neat feature in Pepe Porcupine - being able to skip any level
at any time.
The concept in Pepe Porcupine is simple. Move all of the boxes into the designated tiles. Moving the boxes around where they are not completely trapped, and being able to move Pepe Porcupine around are constant concerns. Oh and Pepe Porcupine can only push. There is no pulling in this downloadable only hand held video game. This game play style comes from Japan, and is called Sokoban. Didn't think you would learn something from a video game review did you?
Movement in Pepe Porcupine is done by swiping. At times I so wished there was a D-pad or some joystick for movement. Especially in levels where so many moves were needed to complete the level. Also some of the buttons on the screen are small. The rewind a movement is large. I wish the buttons after a level were completed were large like the rewind button. My large American fingers had trouble touching those tiny buttons. Sometimes I hit the wrong one.
The music in Pepe Porcupine is fantastic. The graphics are decent. There are numerous themes and backgrounds re-used. It would have been awesome if Pepe Porcupine contained themed worlds like desert, snow, forest, grass, city, etc. Maybe even include different attire for Pepe Porcupine that could have been purchased with stars earned from beating levels.
Pepe Porcupine is a free app with in game advertisements. I found no way to pay one time and to make them go away. Thankfully the ads are not annoying. In fact they came up around every five levels on average for me. Which is not overbearing. I have seen some free apps do an ad after every level - which is way over the top. Pepe Porcupine could easily port over to other systems and fit right in.
Family Friendly Factor: 90%
Rating: ‘4+’ - Everyone FOUR and OLDER ONLY
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