Developer: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Inspired by Cartoon Network’s animated series Codename: Kids Next Door, Flight of the Hamsters for the iPhone/iPod touch is a unique game app that utilizes touch screen controls to launch hamsters from a spring board on as continuous a flight as possible to achieve the greatest distance. Similar to the online version available at Cartoon Network’s website, this iPhone version of Flight of the Hamsters makes the game portable for on-the-go fun.
While obviously designed for kids, this little arcade-style game is fun for anyone who enjoys comical game play and can appreciate a well-done game application for their device. Flight of the Hamsters features funny little rodents donning flight goggles that fly through the air with the aid of a tap of the screen. After your hamster is launched, you attempt to pick up special items along the flight, such as a hamster ball, skateboard, or rocket boost, all of which will help increase your distance in some way or another. If you pick up a hamster ball or land on a springboard, your flight continues, otherwise your hamster lands (sometimes crash landing into the ground) and your flight is over.
For each round, you are given five hamsters. The combined total of each of their flights is your total distance. Taking note to start the launch when the launch meter is in the center and then monitoring the glide meter to the right of the screen, tapping when the meter is full or partially full, will score you the best distance. However, once your hamster is in complete free fall, it can no longer be controlled.
Flight of the Hamsters keeps track of both the furthest single flight and total flight for more competitive play. You can pass your iPhone/iPod Touch around for friends or family to compete against each other for the best single flight or compete for the best total round of flights.
The animated graphics in Flight of the Hamsters are completely decent, but by using The Ride of the Valkyries as background music, the entire presentation is greatly enhanced. Additional sound effects, especially the cheering hamsters, help too. Overall, Flight of the Hamsters is a fun challenge and a worthwhile app to include on your device, especially if you enjoy quick handheld games.