Launching games are a crowded genre on iOS and a variety of simple game types can be found via flash games. Burrito Bison is a free to play, micro-transaction title from Ravenous Games that has a nice Mexican flavour to it and does just enough to stand out from the crowd and justify your bite-sized gaming time and money.
Upon starting the game, you are treated to a charming little comic strip that tells the tortilla thin tale of a bull-headed (literally) beefcake wrestler who is mysteriously and magically grabbed in to a bag of gummy bears and made to grapple with a monster jawbreaker for the amusement of a baying crowd of gelatinous ursines.
Deciding that he wishes to control his own fate, our hero takes it upon himself to slingshot out of the wrestling ring, using the gummies he crashes into on the way for momentum.
A spinning meter determines the strength of the shot you launch our unfortunate bison, and you press the spinner at the time you think is best. A bonus section of the wheel, which launches bison into the afore-mentioned jawbreaker, gives a significant boost to speed and power.
Money is earned by distance travelled and gummies bounced upon. Crucially, you spend this money on a variety of unlocks and upgrades which lends the game its central addictive feature, giving the player a feeling of levelling up subsequent runs. These purchases can be made in order to aid the quality of your launch and unlockable boosts such as more money earned per gummies trounced, increased strength of slingshot and further opportunities to use a rocket bounce mechanic. You also unlock the appearance of gummies which when hit give you beneficial power –ups. Amongst these are orange gummies on pogos, from which you can steal the sticks for a bouncing boost, and pink hang gliding ones that you take the flight-aiding wings from, giving you much further to travel.
These upgrades start off very cheap, but are levelled and become increasingly expensive as you progress. Coin packs are available and thankfully unobtrusive and unnecessary throughout. At 69p to 6.99, it seems fair to throw a little money the developer’s way, and certainly justifies the amount of time I played the game, and paying up certainly seems like more of a shortcut than a necessity.
A couple of negatives seemingly restrictive to the launching genre in particular, hold the game back. There is an element of randomness to the gummies you encounter, and sometimes there is the feeling that progress is out of your control, leading to a little frustration. Also, there appears to only be the one level to sling bison into the air, and whilst the background changes to signify how far you have travelled, the lack of variety is noticeable after a while.
Despite this, Burrito Bison is fun launching game with a bright, colourful and cartoony art-style and a catchy mariachi style soundtrack throughout which doesn’t seem to grate despite it repetition. It is certainly a fun time waster, with a little more character than most, and a varied upgrade system to encourage an oddly addictive loop of wanting to see how far you can get Bison with further unlocks. Definitely worth checking out.
MLG Rating: 7/10 Platform: iOS Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer obtained a copy of Burrito Bison for free from the App Store . The title was reviewed over the course of 2 days on an iOS device. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.