[Review] Canabalt

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  1. eldavo

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    Developer: Semi Secret Software
    Price: 3.99 AUD/3.00 USD
    Version Reviewed: 1.0
    Released: 01/10/2009
    Category: Games

    Canabalt. It's that game that you never heard of, and if you have, you just ignored it and done your own thing. And maybe you have played it, and loved it. Well, it has come to the iPhone. Canabalt is a sort of side scroller, but it's only one way, and you don't control the character in any way except one. Up. Yes, this is a jumping/side scroller game.

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    First thing you may notice with this screenshot, is that it's very retroish (or you noticed the birds). The graphics are very retroish and blocky and look GREAT on the iPhone. The greyish colors set the mood of this game, as a dark, bleak city goes down. You are a man running from something, and one mistake may kill you. There are obstacles along the way and slow/kill you. You tap the screen to jump, if you hold it for longer he jumps higher till a certain height. The game has randomly changing building heights and gets very challenging after a bit.

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    Here is one of those obstacles. This one, if you crash into it, kills you and turns you into a fine mist, or so it says. Since the game doesn't have a story or label anything, I call it a Destructoid. This is one of three ways you can die. This is the second easiest. The first easiest is hitting a wall and falling to your death, and the hardest way to die is by falling while a building is crumbling.

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    Game over. You have two options here. Retry, or submit to twitter.

    Final thoughts
    This is a very basic but fun experimental game that takes up most of your time. I haven't mentioned this, but the music is very nice and suits the game completely. I hate listening to other music while I am playing this game. This is a time waster (makes you go, i'll try and get 100m more, then i'll stop) and you waste an hour and stare at amazement at the clock. The only con I can think of is this game is very, very expensive for what you are getting. But still

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    If you are weary at buying this game, play it online here. It is almost exactly the same, but on your iDevice.

    Graphics & Presentation: 8/10
    Audio: 9/10
    Gameplay/Controls: 10/10
    Replay Value: 9/10
    Value For Money: 5/10

    Overall: 9/10

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    This was a review by Kirbeh on Neowin aka eldavo on iPTF

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  2. S.I.D. CrAzY

    S.I.D. CrAzY Active Member

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    Nice review, completely agree, especially about the price.
  3. inF4MOUS

    inF4MOUS New Member

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    good review. just bought it and i love it

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  4. spoonforknife

    spoonforknife Retired Moderator

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    I just bought this and was going to review it. It's probably my 4th favorite game on the iPhone OS, right behind Ramp Champ, Edge, and Up There, all of which you should totally check out.
  5. eldavo

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    Sorry spoonforknife, your review will still probably be better than mine

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    inF4MOUS New Member

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    whys that?

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  7. eldavo

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    inF4MOUS New Member

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    no, since you made me get this game

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  9. eldavo

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    lol

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    im glad you liked it i guess hahah
  10. jnskyliner34

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    i tried the browser version and it's pretty good but it's not $3 good imo. i'll wait for a price drop, if it happens.

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