Doodle Jump Entertains By Leaps and Bounds

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Doodle Jump
Developer: Lima Sky
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store

doodle jump iphone appDoodle Jump by Lima Sky appeals to simplicity in name, game design and play. Mimicking the appearance of actual doodles on graphing paper, the sketchy-sketch of a main character dons a suspiciously Qbert-like facade. He is green instead of orange, but the upside-down U shape, armless body, little legs and trumpet-shaped nose are as uncanny as daytime soap opera "twins."

Game play in Doodle Jump is extremely similar, the character is constantly being propelled, bouncing, from one platform to the next while avoiding obstacles and trying not to fall.

He continues to jump without the player's encouragement, the challenge is to use the accelerometer to guide his bounces left or right and ensure that he lands on a platform or a spring, but his upward motion is perpetual with each contact. Miss a platform or mistake the security of the brown platforms that crumble and he sails swiftly into abyss below. That horizontal guidance can be tricky as a tilt too severely to either direction will cause him to reappear on the opposite side.

Tapping the little guy in Doodle Jump transforms him from weird critter to weapon, encouraging him to shoot pellets straight into the air at his adversaries, which is a fun feature that isn't readily recognizable. I stumbled on it by accident.

Though the homespun, doodled art graphics can be cute, the lack of audio isn't so much. Doodle Jump provides no music and no ability to pipe in one's own iTunes library. Only the basic actions of the game are accentuated, such as hopping, platforms breaking, shooting and, of course the classic cartoon falling noise. I can't fathom what the onomatopoeia for that noise is, but anyone who has ever watched a 2D anvil fall or a crazed Chuck Jones character accidentally run off of a cliff has an idea of what I mean. Other than that, the silence can be deafening.

Though many might find this very basic format charming, I lost patience with it quickly. The challenge of shooting foes while maintaining upward mobility does not present itself soon enough and there is a lot of just bouncing around until it does. Doodle Jump is a darling, oft-duplicated concept, but it can be fun.

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  • Jubilee

    ehh, this game is boring to me

  • 安吉

    [iPhone app] (一直好喜歡這個遊戲的畫面,還在考慮要不要買...)"Doodle Jump Entertains By Leaps and Bounds - iPhone Apps | AppCraver" ( )

  • Smuggi

    I can't agree with you.
    DoodleJump is very funny, maybe it is not your genre.

    Bartosz Smaga
    Smaga Bakery

    BTW you could tempted to try our game: JUMP
    Game is not easy (only for man's man :-)) but very addictive.

  • Sam

    I love this game - I reckon that it gets better with each update - what with helicopter hats, booster rockets, moving platforms and disappearing platforms not to mention the protective bubble!! If I had found it as you say - with nothing else - it would have been boring - but I love it as it is at the moment!

  • Doodle Jump

    I don't know - some of these commenters don't like it much but I think Doodle Jump is amazing. Hard to believe it's becoming so popular so quickly. Once they release the iPad app, and go down the road of rolling out plush toys, etc, this thing is gonna blow up. I bet the 2 brothers had no idea it would get this big when they first started; what a trip that must be.

  • Doodle Jump

    Oh yeah, don't forget to check out what we're up to - we have a great list of Doodle Jump cheats and advice over at Doodle Jump - should be an interesting 2011!

  • Justin Badar

    Its alright, but Yeti Jump is better! There should be a review for Yeti Jump on this site!!