The game is done in a Mario-style sidescrolling fashion, which gives the game a nostalgic feel to it, not that cavemen and dinosaurs don’t already give this feeling. The gameplay itself is really a lot of fun. It has the action style gameplay of Mario, along with the small areas where you have to practice your aim at throwing things to make things happen. There really is a strategic area to this game as well. Every fifth level, you face off with a boss, similar to the retro Mario games, you must figure out how to attack the boss on your own and attack him 3 times; the bosses get harder and harder. The gameplay is really well thought out by Gamerizon, and is a blast to play.
Chop Chop Caveman not only makes you have to just kill things, it makes you use your noggin every once in a while.
The controls in Chop Chop Caveman were actually pretty responsive and well done. I did find that the swipe controls were a little harder to use than the button controls. The button controls seemed to suit me well though, so there were no complaints there. There are only a couple controls to get down:
- Move: press and hold to the left or right of your caveman to move him left and right in swipe controls. In the button controls, there is a left and right button in the lower left hand corner of the screen.
- Jump: tap and hold above your caveman directly above, to the left, or to the right to jump in that direction. In the button controls, you press the jump button and use the arrows to jump a certain direction.
- Dash: dashing allows you to smash through things and enemies. Double tap on either side of the caveman to have him dash in that direction. Pressing the dash button in button mode will do the same action.
- Throw: when you have a throwable item, swipe in the direction you want to throw; this is the same for both control schemes. While holding something you can throw, you cannot dash, but can jump.
- Puase: when you stand still for a number of seconds, the pause button appears and allows you to pause the game.
The gameplay in Chop Chop Caveman is a lot of fun, filled with excitement and requires timing and precision. I do wish they would improve the touch controls though. The gameplay and controls themselves are at a point beyond perfection.
Gamerizon has always impressed me with their humorous, simplistic, and cartoonish graphics that always have an extra animation or two to show that they just wanted to run that extra mile. This was done in all the Chop Chop series games I’ve played, and it continues here. The dinosaurs in Chop Chop Caveman are really clean, but not detailed; this holds perfectly to their comic-styled graphics. They are fun and entertaining. The game has smooth animations and runs at a pretty high framerate as well.
The menus are also very simple; there are two main menu screens, the main menu and the level selection menu. That’s it, nothing more. They are easy to learn, and you can quickly dive into finding your own delicious dinosaur to eat!
Gamerizon never ceases to amaze me with their simple graphics that has that Chop Chop feel to them. Just by looking at the graphics, you can tell that Gamerizon were the ones that made them, they have a distinct style to them.
The audio in the game helps support the amusing gameplay and graphics that will give you a chuckle. The music is faster-paced and just puts a smile on your face when you listen to it. There is more than one song for the background music, so nothing seems overly used.
The sound effects in the game are the same way. You can hear ever monster you crush or hit, and every grunt your caveman makes. The gems make noises when you get them, and you can hear your caveman chew on every dinosaur he conquers. It’s really quite entertaining to be honest.
Gamerizon really didn’t add too much replay value to this game, which is one of the big disappointments in this game. You have the main story, but that’s about it. You unlock the next level when you complete the current one. There are achievements, and more to do in each level. There are hidden foods in each level to obtain, and gems to get. You can set a new high score, but nothing really special that makes me want to play again. Gamerizon should try to add something else. There is another set of levels planned for this game though, which is nice, but even with that, there really is no replay value here.
Chop Chop Caveman has some value to it, but at the same time, only can stretch your dollar out so far. The story is very short; I beat it in a matter of hours. It was fun while it lasted, but I just couldn’t see myself trying to go through the whole game again and again. This and the lack of replay really make me want to walk away from this game. However, it does provide a great gaming experience, with humorous graphics, and audio to tie it all together, so it’s not all bad.
Gamerizon developed a really quality game here that had lots of potential to be a really great game. However, the lack of replay value and short story really puts this game down. Even with all that, the game is still a blast to play and will kill a couple hours of your life if you need it to. Release that inner caveman in you and go eat some dinosaurs!