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Danny Boy for iPhone

Curt Poff | Jan. 5, 2012
Danny Boy is a soccer-esque game by Reapptive that bears the name of Danny Simpson, a defender for Newcastle United in England’s Premiere League. It’s a ball-kicking, coin-collecting, bird- and trashcan-avoiding challenge that could do with some very basic control improvements.

Since I was constantly firing soccer balls ahead of me, I’d usually collect a ton of coins and various prizes. That part was easy. It’s the navigation that caused problems for me. But reach the end of a level, and you move on to the next one. Finish that stage and go up a notch. There are four stages with eight levels each, leaving a total of 32 combinations.

I’d rate this as a game targeted to a younger audience. The strategy and controls are both simple enough to be figured out by small fingers. But those two simple tasks will be somewhat limiting for advanced users.

I don’t like the fact that you cannot do a quick pause or reverse directions when you come to a tricky obstacle. I think adding some directional controls would enhance the game immensely, and without confusing younger gamers.


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