Kung Fu Rabbit App Review – Rabbits, Kung Fu and Platforming Oddly Fit Perfectly
I’m still surprised that Apple has yet to add a list to their category of games dubbed “Platformers” considering the host of such titles that flood the App Store everyday. The much overdue genre has been expanded further with the release of Bulkypix’s newest title Kung Fu Panda ($0.99) which makes the idea that rabbits can attain the serious skills of martial arts very plausible.
The story is explained by usual means: a storyboard. You’re shown that all of your pupils have been kidnapped by the wicked forces of evil, and it’s your duty to recover them one by one in each of the 70 levels. You’ll traverse through a variety of constantly changing environments, navigate past a plentitude of fatal foes, gracefully jump from wall to wall and will avoid the slime that lines the depths of every level.
Kung Fu Rabbit hardly lacks in the aspects of content and detail. There are sixty levels split up into three iterations of twenty with the additional ten unlocked as you go along as optional levels. The main mechanics of the gameplay are explained through the first few levels.
There are a ton of different elements that will make their appearance throughout the game, and levels have evidently been designed to challenge the player with the clever placement of hazards and platforms alike.
Additionally, three carrots are littered throughout the levels which are each worth one form of currency to be spent on an in-game dojo which houses upgrades and powerups that are both for one time use and also permanent perks. This adds incentive to collect the carrots as well as another larger carrot that presents more of a challenge to be collected but is worth more. Optional in app purchases will allow users to purchase currency for use in the store; technically, you could buy your way through the game by purchase most, if not all, of the upgrades.
Using the usual, a set of virtual controls, you can move your bundle of fur right and left, with the arrows layering the bottom left side of the screen, and you can jump using the jump button on the bottom right. For the most part, the controls were responsive enough to cover the fast gameplay, however, they weren’t dormant in one set location. Rather, wherever you touched on the left side of the screen, the two right and left arrows would move accordingly, which was a bit annoying at some times considering you could easily press the wrong button resulting in a death. Had they been anchored and changed via an easily accessible options screen to cater to some people’s fancies, it would be much better.
It seems as if every asset used in the creation of the game worlds have been firstly painted with watercolor and then stylized on the computer. That said, they look absolutely gorgeous. Everything that populates each of the levels maintains the same unique, different art style that literally oozes with polish and detail and has been colored using a vivid color palette. With an additional retina artwork pack that can be downloaded once you launch the game for the first time, the artwork absolutely gleams with the evident amount of love that has been poured into the illustration and finalization of each and every sprite. Hopefully, the artwork will be optimized for the retina display on the new iPad; I’d love to see it at its full potential.
Kung Fu Rabbit takes platforming to the next level from its unique style of artwork to the devious setup of levels that will challenge and frustrate a player to his or her last whit. Considering the amount of content packed into this irrefutable gem, it’s worth the $0.99 that’s certainly not an amount large enough to break the bank.
[easyreview title="Our Score" cat1title="Graphics" cat1detail="If you haven't gotten our positive vibe about the wonderful artwork quite yet, there's definitely something wrong with you." cat1rating="5" cat2title="Sound" cat2detail="The sound matches the mystical Asian mood of the game with temple-like music and other background music of the same breed." cat2rating="5" cat3title="Gameplay" cat3detail="The gameplay has been executed to its greatest potential with a clever setup of levels, a nice reliance on carrots that give incentive to the player to collect and more." cat3rating="5" cat4title="Controls" cat4detail="We had a few gripes with the way that they moved upon demand, but they're responsive enough to keep up with the fast-paced gameplay." cat4rating="3.5" cat5title="Content" cat5detail="A whopping 70 levels each with differing environments than the last, a store with purchasable content and more have would have the game passing this review with flying colors on their own. However, with the inclusion of in-app purchases, the content area has been docked only because you could technically buy your way through the game." cat5rating="4" cat6title="Overall" cat6detail="Considering the amount of content packed into this irrefutable gem, it's worth the $0.99 that's certainly not an amount large enough to break the bank." cat6rating="4.5"]