August 25, 2011 | by Tony Price
If you are a regular reader of Androinica, then you should know that I am a lover of physics games. I have accomplished 3 stars on every Angry Birds level, beaten all the puzzles in Cut the Rope, and even played the heck out of Apparatus. When there is a physics game to be reviewed, I am often the guy to take it up. So when Catch the Coins came up in the Androinica review pool, I downloaded it and got playing. I almost wish I hadn’t.
Before I talk about all the things I think are wrong with this game, let’s talk about what it is. Catch the Coins is a physics based game that surrounds on getting gold coins to a Leprechaun. You accomplish your task by drawing lines on the play field, which will react to gravity. You can connect your lines to make structures, if that fits your needs.
Now, here’s what I think is wrong with Catch the Coins. To begin with, it feels like an old idea that’s just been rehashed. There is no innovation in this game. I feel like I have been playing this in flash games for years. They didn’t include anything interesting like Angry Birds or Cut The Rope.
My next issue is that the difficulty curve is way to steep. It’s possible that I’m just really horrible at this particular game, but I have had a really hard time getting through these levels. Its not even that I’m trying to get all 3 coins. I can’t even get one to the leprechaun. It’s actually really infuriating for me. I can’t imagine how kids who want to play thing game would feel.
Overall, the animation and art design in the game is about average. It feels like it was designed in Flash, which may be true. I know a lot of mobile game designers like to do their drawing using Flash, but I don’t really like that style. There are better, more professional ways to animate your games. The music and sounds are decent for the game quality.
Overall, this game isn’t really very good. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever played on my phone, but it’s also very far from the best. It’s got average graphics and sound, but the learning curve is way to steep for a game of this caliber. I find it hard to recommend it, despite it being completely free. I give it two and a half out of five stars.
Game: Catch the Coins
Score: 2.5/5 – Average graphics and sounds, Horrid learning curve