Hungry Helga HD [rating:3.5/5]
Trawling the North Sea for fish to feed an irate Viking Queen is not necessarily the standard fare when it comes to gaming story lines but that’s the story in Hungry Helga HD and it works surprisingly well.
The game is bright and colorful and looks great on the iPad’s screen. It plays in portrait mode which splits the screen in approximately in half with Helga upon her Viking ship on the top half and large schools of fish swimming in the sea beneath.
The game is simple to pick up and play and after a brief tutorial you’ll be thrown into the action. You control both the bombing of the fish and the collection of them as they float dead on the surface.
Touch the iPad screen will determine the location of where the bomb will explode. However, the fish are progressively more and more active so you will have to predict where the fish are going to be when the bomb explodes as this will be a split second after you have touched the screen.
The dead fish will float to the surface and then tilting the device will move your ship with Helga on board towards them allowing the first mate, Gunkel, can collect them and feed Helga.
Scoring is based on the speed and accuracy of your work so it’s important to work as quickly as possible to feed Helga all of the fish that are available as once all the fish are dead you only have a limited amount of time to get them all to her.
As you progress through the levels you will find additional challenges in your attempts to keep Helga well fed. Icebergs block path of your vessel to parts of the screen meaning that any dead fish beyond the iceberg remain inaccessible, while sharks will eat from the same school of fish that you are fishing from. These additional challenges adds extra fun to the game.
Luckily help is on hand from none other than Hungry Helga herself who when well fed will offer up a power-up that will stun or kill a large amount of fish for you to grab hold of much more easily.
The game is linear in nature, this means that you will always find yourself starting at level one once the game is over. Your games are recorded to local leaderboard allowing you to compare your scores with other players on your iPad.
The sound effects and in game music are nice and certainly don’t get to annoying despite the loop that the music is on. You can always listen to your iPod tracks should you wish too though.
Hungry Helga HD is an enjoyable game which will entertain both young and old alike. It’s not immensely challenging but you enjoy it while it lasts.
- Additively fishy fun
- Sparkling graphics
- Enjoyable game play
- Always have to start from the beginning
- Local leaderboards only
Reviewed on an Apple iPad
$2.99 (View in iTunes)
Released: Oct 22, 2010
Seller: Wade Lutgen
© 2010 Grid Monsters
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later