The first iPhone app out of the gate for small, independent gaming company Sheep Haus Productions, Super Slobber Dog is described as “a Saturday morning cartoon mixed with pong and brick breaker.” And that’s a fairly apt description. With cut scene animations and gameplay that mimics pong, Super Slobber Dog presents an amusing story line with familiar game actions.
Super Slobber Dog features some well-done cut scenes that tie the story line and game together with a few pop-culture technology references thrown in. The story is about a dog uprooted from his happy home in Germany as part of an evil plot by a mad scientist-type. Players engage in pong style battles against 10 different dog-nabbers as the rescuer of the slobbering pooch. While trying to help Slobber Dog find his way home, power-ups and “bark matter” will either help or hinder you on every level.
If asked to choose between the cut scene animations and the actual gameplay, the animation sequences win hands down. The story line is loveable and the gameplay is familiar, but as is so often the issue with touch screen versions of pong or break out, the finger overlaps the play area just enough to obscure a proper view. This means controls can be difficult at times and tougher battles are harder won. Still, the cartoon sequences between levels provide an entertaining break.
It’s unlikely Super Slobber Dog will rise to the top of any App Store list in terms of popularity, but for a good cause, it’s definitely worth a look. The developers are donating a portion of proceeds to help real dogs find their way home. The price is a mere $1.99 and as a casual game with adorable and creative cut-scenes supporting a real life cause, it deserves a small treat.
For a taste of Super Slobber Dog gameplay, watch their demo video: