The Mayans. A proud, fierce civilisation wiped from the face of the earth by the conquistadores in the 17th century. What better tribute to their lost culture than a collection of minigames where you bounce, spear and shoot the severed heads of their sacrificial victims?
Apocalyptoss from I-play takes this rather irreverent approach to history in this mildly diverting title. The game is made up of 40 levels, set upon the ’sacrificial trail’. These see you controlling little Mayans as they scurry to bounce falling heads off a trampoline into a pit; or rush to collect them on a spear, where they stack up like decapitated head kebabs.
Or, in the other styles of play, you try to stop the heads from falling down the pit by controlling sliding paddles; or, less mercifully (and more messily), shoot giant arrows at them from a catapult.
You select one of three difficulty settings at the start of the game then, as the levels increase, the challenge gets harder; with more tumbling heads to deal with and dangerous health-zapping objects to avoid.
Graphics are colourful and the characters are well executed (no pun intended), based as they are on ancient Mayan art. A suitably Latin American soundtrack plays throughout, though sound effects are basic.
‘Basic’ is also a suitable word to describe the gameplay. None of the minigames are hugely exciting or addictive, and you may well find yourself willing some of them to end. Apocalyptoss also suffers from that common iPhone game problem where your fingers can obscure the action, sometimes making it needlessly hard to control.
The game is OpenFeint enabled, so there is some motivation to gain and share high scores and to progress through the levels, but neither this nor the basic gameplay are enough to make Apocalyptoss a must-buy title.
The ancient Mayan calendar predicted the world will end in 2012. Apocalyptoss is unlikely to still be on your iPhone when that fateful year arrives; however its original setting and quick, casual gameplay may at least see it last you til teatime one rainy afternoon.
Developer: Digital Bridges Ltd
Price: Â£0.59 / $0.99
Appstore link: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/apocalyptos/id352041558?mt=8
This game was provided for review by I-play