In Indie Game HQ’s latest review, Brandon takes a look at Tasty Tadpoles by Mark White. Tasty Tadpoles is about guiding a tiny tadpole through treacherous levels. You must use your finger to guide the little creature around various obstacles and enemies. The game is available for $0.99 through the Apple Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. All the needed links are listed at the end of this review.
GAME NAME: Tasty Tadpoles
DEVELOPER(S): Mark White
PUBLISHER(S): Mark White
RELEASE DATE(S): May 15, 2013
Tasty Tadpoles works for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
Tasty Tadpoles is a deliciously addictive trial of survival, available now on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Tap your tenacious tadpole triumphantly through three puzzling ponds of peril.
You’ll need fast fingers to flash past the fleet green tadpoles, a keen sense of cunning and craftiness to overcome the territorial yellow tadpoles along with tremendous timing and precision poking to swim under those tedious turtles. If push comes to shove you can always eliminate these eclectic enemies with the zap of an electric eel!
- 3 Different Ponds
- 4 playable Tadpoles
- Over 70 Different Normal levels
- Over 70 Harder Puzzle Levels
- 14 Challenges
Tasty Tadpoles is one of those perfect games that you can play in short bursts; such as when you’re waiting for the bus or in a lobby. The objective is to guide your tadpole through different obstacles and hazards while trying to use as little taps as possible. Overall, the controls are extremely simple. You merely tap the screen in what direction you want your tadpole to go. The game is so basic yet still fun which allows it to be fun for almost any age.
Throughout the various levels you will encounter a variety of obstacles including logs blocking your path, grassy patches, and metal bars. In addition the obstacles you will face enemies that each have their own patterns and attacks. Turtles, large tadpoles, and electric eels are just a few of the enemies that for whatever reason want you for dinner. Memorizing enemy patterns will be key for your tadpole’s safe navigation through the levels.
The menu audio of Tasty Tadpoles is a nice mellow piano chord that features an occasional chime. This immediately sets the tone for a relaxing experience. The actual gameplay background music is a similar even more relaxing melody that seems like it belongs in a Disney movie. To go with the background audio, there are various sound effects that add to the experience. Every so often you will hear birds or crickets chirp or frogs ribbit. While traversing the levels, the water movement noises are very realistic and add a certain level of calmness to the already relaxing background audio. If, for whatever reason, you do not enjoy the relaxing audio of Tasty Tadpoles, the developer was kind enough to allow players to mute the game through the options menu.
The graphics of Tasty Tadpoles are very bright and vibrant. The water is a bright baby bluish color while stars are white. Turtles and enemy tadpoles are bright green and your starter tadpole is a nice orange that just pops off the screen. The animations are keenly done as the swimming animation is fast and looks very realistic. The animation for enemies catching you is very smooth as everything moves very fluidly while they are devouring you.
Down to the Nitty Gritty:
Tasty Tadpoles is a casual game that is ideal for the gamer on the go looking to kill a few minutes. The game isn’t overly challenging which was my main concern. Each puzzle can be solved with little thinking. This is what makes it great for people of all ages or skills. The difficulty compiled with the simple controls makes this a game that almost anyone can easily pickup and play. It’s still a game I would recommend for a casual gamer, but to everyone else, only if you are looking for a slower paced game.
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