They’re almost impossible to make from a tree branch and a rubber band, as popular cartoons would have you believe, but I did steal my dad’s fishing slingshot once when I was 11. The result: being grounded for two weeks for smashing a neighbour’s greenhouse window. Not so Bart Simpson then, was I?
If you must release those slingshot demons then maybe Popping Mania could be the vent for your anger. But even then there are no windows or cats to aim at, your enemy are balloons; pesky floating balloons.
Popping Mania is a casual arcade game with ultra simple controls – moving your character up and down the right hand of the screen with one finger and then, once you’ve placed yourself in the optimum firing opportunity, simple tap the screen to unleash the hell and fury that is your stone from your slingshot.
But all is not plain sailing. Birds and other obstacles will prevent you from firing that sweet shot. Hitting an obstacle will reduce your score.
With two different play modes – Arcade and Challenge Mode – there is enough fun to be had in the ten minutes or so playing time that you’ll want to give this game at any one time. What it fails to do, however, is keep you entertained for long periods of time.
The Arcade Mode contains 12 levels of increasing difficulty whereas the Challenge Mode offers infinite play, encouraging you to beat your own score. With your ever-winking-for-aim eye, you must take down the different coloured balloons that travel through the sky with three different types of ammo that will only be effective against certain types of balloon.
It’s a simple premise to match the rest of the package and benefits from a pick-up-and-play style. Popping Mania is an enjoyable title which is taxing enough to keep you casually challenged but it’s hardly the most compelling iOS gaming experience. However, it is definitely worth the 69p price tag.
An enjoyable waste of those ten minutes until your bus or train arrives. But beware; those ten minutes could quite possibly turn into 30 minutes causing you to miss your ride to work. This will only happen a few time though, there simply isn’t enough to entertainment you go forwards.
MLG Rating: 6/10 Platform: iOS Release Date: 22/12/2011
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided a digital copy of Popping Mania for review purposes by the promoter. The title was reviewed over the course of four days on an iPhone. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.