Tweet Land App Review – Really Real Reality Gaming Sure to Keep You Ravenous
With gaming, there’s really no limit. We’ve seen augmented reality, streamed gaming, external joypads and more, but we’ve never really quite encountered a game that plays based on reality. It’s new, it’s great, it’s real and it’s Tweet Land ($1.99).
Launching just today, the game puts you in control of a car racing through the crazily crowded streets. As people around the world tweet, the game throws different obstacles at you using certain words from true, real tweets. You’ll be posted with navigating through car accidents, meteors, suicide bombers, minefields, cop chases made more realistic by their accompanying news banners that layer the bottom of the screen and more in hopes of reaching the end of each of the game’s 24 levels.
Using an on-screen joystick, which is extremely responsive, not too large and isn’t very obtrusive, you’ll navigate through each hazard that appears and through the various traffic.
By ramming into neighboring cars from the side, 100 points will be allocated to your overall score with each car in rapid succession adding on similar to a combo. As the game recognizes tweets containing words that are available for a particular level, a small notification will appear identifying the hazard – this may also include health for situations when you’ve been hit by obstacles. In the case that your car is eventually destructed, it’s game over, and you’ll be given the opportunity to restart that level. Upon finishing a level, you’ll be awarded a gold, silver or bronze cup depending on your score.
The game is simply enveloped in just a bright, cherry mood even with the premise that involves death, namely with the artwork. Backgrounds, car sprites, obstacles – everything has been made pixel by pixel, which in this case has no significance but certainly does appeal to anyone who likes retro artwork enlightened by modern additions such as retina support. However, when the game’s fast-paced gameplay and bright, pixel artwork coalesce along with the constant hell being unleashed on the main character, everything seems to become a jumble and most times is very difficult to keep up with.
If you’ve ever played Scribblenauts or the iOS remix version of the highly acclaimed title, you’ve probably been amazed by the large database of words that the game contains and can accurately depict. While Tweet Land may seem like it has a seemingly infinite amount of obstacles it can litter its gameplay with, it rather introduces new, pre-defined obstacles set for each level and instead simply identifies tweets around the world that contain that obstacle. It was a bit of a letdown to see that Tweet Land wasn’t just picking random tweets, cross referencing each with its database and hurling obstacles at you the whole time, however, this doesn’t take away from the reality appeal that the game maintains, and it’s not to say that there’s not enough content included – there’s a ton.
Even with the minor disappointment, the randomly generated levels, vibrant pixel artwork and relation with reality in Tweet Land were enough to save the game from becoming another replica of its trite kin (simple avoidance games). It’s augmented with the inclusion of so many obstacles, and has enough content, along with the promised updates, to keep you coming back time after time.
[easyreview title="Our Score" cat1title="Graphics" cat1detail="It's a bit too vibrant to mix nicely with the intense gameplay, but it looks great." cat1rating="4" cat2title="Sound" cat2detail="The chiptune background music goes perfectly with the fast-paced gameplay." cat2rating="5" cat3title="Gameplay" cat3detail="Avoidance games have become overdone on the App Store, but in this case it's quite the opposite. The clever reliance on tweets was a brilliant idea, and the gameplay absolutely tops it off, but it can get a bit too fast at some times." cat3rating="4.5" cat4title="Controls" cat4detail="With the introduction of things like the iCade and such, people are shunning virtual controls because they're supposedly not responsive enough. Tweet Land's joystick responds to your every touch." cat4rating="5" summary="It's augmented with the inclusion of so many obstacles, and has enough content, along with the promised updates, to keep you coming back time after time. $1.99 is a reasonable asking price."]