App Review: Spy Bot Chronicles by IUGO Mobile Entertainment Inc.
For those who enjoyed the Toy Bot Diaries, IUGO Modile Entertainment has released another game that let’s you join in the adventures of Toy Bot. This time, Toy Bot has been kidnapped by the evil Thief Bot. Spy Bot is the only one that can save him. Your job is to help Spy Bot navigate levels to find Thief Bot’s hideout and save him.
There are four zones in the app that contain several levels each. To conquer a level you must find your way to the green check mark at the end of the level. Along the way you run into enemies that try to push you off of ledges and difficult feats to perform. I found the hardest part of the levels was not getting past the enemies, although that did prove challenging at times. Rather, the hardest part for me was being able to complete jumps and navigate the obstacles in the level.
The controls work well but require some coordination to get Spy Bot to do what you want him to do. There are two arrow buttons in the lower left corner of the screen that move Spy Bot left and right. In the lower right corner is a jump button. Press once to jump, press and hold to jump higher, and press a second time while Spy Bot is in the air to double jump. Double jumping is often the only way to get where you need to go. I also found that sometimes it was easier to complete a difficult jmp if I pressed the jump button first and then steered Spy Bot left or right. Your only weapon is a laser that shoots from the top of your helmet. To shoot the laser, you simply tap on the screen. The place that you tap is the direction in which the laser will shoot, even if you are facing the other direction.
Along your way, there are check points to which you can return if you lose your three lives. There are also items that you can collect and yellow and green plus signs that help refill your life. There are also many objects that are labeled as hackable. At first, this term was very confusing to me. However, it quickly became clear that these hackable objects merely change some physical feature on the screen when you tap on them. For example, they may open a door or rotate platform so that you can move forward. These hackable objects are all marked with an orange lightning bolt. It is not always apparent what will happen when you tap it. Some of them were quite a surprise.
Spy Bot Chronicles is a challenging game that is fun to play. That graphics are great and the game play is smooth.
Developer’s Website: http://www.iugome.com/