Rodent Rage [rating: 3/5]
Rodent Rage is the first from TouchTilt Games for the iPad to hit Apple’s App Store. The game puts you in the role of a laboratory rat who is raging against the machine and fighting back against the many scientists who have been performing experiments on you.
Luckily your rat has been equipped with a rocket launcher to kill the scientists and this gives him a distinct advantage.
Each level is uniquely designed with each scientist placed behind and under a variety of objects to help protect them from the onslaught of your grenades. If you’ve played Angry Birds before you can think of it like that with less cute and more gore!
Direction and power are controlled via the touch screen with placement of the cross-hairs controlling both properties. A nice touch is that your last placement of the cross-hairs remains in place so you can make slight changes to your aim to get the desired result.
In addition to killing the scientists on each level you must also avoid other lab rats that are placed around the level. Failure to kill all the scientists or killing all the rats will end your attempt to complete the level.
The cartoon style graphics and animations aren’t going to blow your socks off but they are affective enough and the scientists explode with enough gore that you would think that they were in a 10:10 Climate Change commercial.
There are 30 levels in total spread over 3 worlds with each world becoming available on the completion of the earlier one. While there is scoring in the game based on scientists killed and rats not killed there is no leader board, either locally or online to be able to compare your successes with, only a single high score for the complete world is maintained.
Overall the game left me feeling a little disappointed, with the lack of variety and no competitive options, the game doesn’t have much long lasting appeal. That may change however with the promise of additional levels and mini-games in a future update.
At $1.99 the game isn’t going to break the bank but you may want to wait for the update before you splash your cash.
- Enjoyable premise
- Blood soaked explosions
- No multi-player mode
- No leader boards
- Limited replay value
Reviewed on an Apple iPad
$1.99 (View in iTunes)
Released:Oct 01, 2010
© 2010 Shane Whitehouse
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements:Compatible with iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later