Yogo The Turtle [rating: 3.5/5]
Seeing how high a cute character can climb vertically up your your iPhone or iPod Touch screen is a popular past time these days, from Doodle Jump to Jump O’Clock thousands of apps have been sold to that meet this specific need.
The latest to join the genre is Yogo The Turtle for iPhone which sees you take control of a Yoshi/Ninja Turtle hybrid Yogo to recover the sacred rock that has been stolen from his village robbing the village of the energy that it provides.
From the intro video, the navigation system and in game graphics a lot of attention has been made to the quality and look of the game and the 8 uniquely different worlds are beautifully crafted colorful works of art.
After a rather wordy 13 screens of introduction storyline you get to the map screen which shows you the path through the 23 levels to rescuing the sacred rock and you get to actually start playing the game.
As you would expect with any vertical climbing game the path to greatness is via a series of platforms, trampolines and in the case of Yogo the Turtle a multitude of spinning discs, much like Jump O’Clock.
Controlling Yogo is as simple as tapping the disc that he is currently spinning around at the appropriate time to fling him in the direction of your choice, hopefully that direction is upwards and he will either cling onto another spinning disc or be flung further up the screen via a trampoline.
Your timing has to be pretty accurate when launching Yogo up the screen and this gets progressively more difficult the longer you wait as he’ll spin faster and faster. The advantage of the faster speed though is that when Yogo is launched the faster he’s spinning the further he’ll leap up the screen.
As you progress up each screen you’ll be helped by picking up fruit which will increase the amount of time you have to complete the level, while numerous beasties will detract from your time limit should they be hit. Hitting them, or simply missing a platform can lead to frustration though as you may find yourself right back at the start of the level again.
There are also power-ups that can aid Yogo in his quest and the most impressive of these are the helicopter, UFO and Jet Pack that when picked up will enable you to fly up the screen in each of the respective craft.
Yogo the Turtle doesn’t quite reach the heady heights of the previously mentioned titles that offer both a higher level of quality and variety in this genre of games. That being said it’s been well made and is enjoyable while it lasts and with the possibility of additional content to come Yogo the Turtle could provide even better value for money than it does at present.
Yogo the Turtle is also OpenFeint enabled not only enabling you to compare your best times and points with other players but it also includes a considerable 31 achievements for you to unlock. You can pick up Yogo the Turtle from the App Store for $1.99 and help Yogo save humanity!
- Solid looking game
- 20+ insane levels
- OpenFeint Enabled
- Too easy to fall back to the start
- Precision timing required
Price: $1.99 (App Store)
Updated: Jul 21, 2010
Current Version: 1.01
1.01 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Seller: DigiTalented LLC
© 2010 DigiTalented LLC
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.