Gorilla Gondola

4/16/2012 8:27:26 AM

Description: Gorilla Gondola

Gorilla Gondola is an interesting take on the endless runner/cave flyer genre. It’s virtually Donkey Kong riding a gondola; not a gondola you’d see in Venice, but a cable car suspended above the ground, the kind of thing you might see in Switzerland. It’s ridiculous and insane, it doesn’t make sense but it’s stupidly brilliant. I guess you might say, it’s bananas?

Anyway, bad puns aside, the premise of the game is to swipe your finger as the gondola moves automatically. Swiping up makes the gorilla jump and down makes him stomp, forcing the gondola — yep, you guessed it — down. The reason for this is to avoid obstacles, squash birds and collect as many bananas or power ups as you can. The faster the swipes, the stronger the movements but you can also tilt your device to dip under and over.

Timing is everything and initially this isn’t too difficult but the more challenging objectives require some real skill to complete. This will affect your unlocks as objectives are tied into this rather than completing a level. It’s not the first game to do this, but you’ll find you end up playing the same level multiple times after already completing it several times. It stretches the experience out, but the game stands still.

Description: Gorilla Gondola

There are only 8 levels so the repetitive play isn’t entirely without reason but it would have been nice to include more levels from the beginning. That said, these are detailed and varied, all populated dynamically meaning the layout is always different. This adds to the extensive objective challenges, with some levels

requiring a large number of completed objectives before achieving the unlock.

Each level is also quite long, with approximately five sections. The screen can quickly populate with mines, lasers and various other obstacles, and experiencing multiple deaths will send you right back to the start again. It can be phone-throwingly frustrating at times, but all the more rewarding once completed.

And therein lies the addictiveness. You may be annoyed, but you still keep coming back for more, particularly as Game Center rates your overall “Awesomeness” based on bananas collected, birds killed and obstacles avoided. Who doesn’t want to be more awesome?

Gorilla Gondola is a superb game. The graphics are top notch, the music is energetic and the controls are intuitive and responsive. I would have preferred the objectives and unlocks to be handled a little differently but the saving grace for so much repetition in playing each level is the fact that they always vary thanks to the dynamic progression. That in itself is genius, making this game one of the most enjoyable endless runner/cave flyers you’ll find in the App Store.

4 stars

53 Ratings

Compatible with iPhone (3GS, 4, 45), iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation) and iPad.

Requires 105 3.0 or later

Price: $1.99

Category: Games

Updated: Feb 23, 2012

Version: 111

Size: 98.4 MB

Languages: English

Seller: Electric Pixel Factors Ltd.

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