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Mobile Gaming: DoodleJump

There is a single game that has effectively captured my attention for the last two or three weeks, and its name is DoodleJump. That’s right, DoodleJump. I didn’t mistype that. There’s doodling, and then there’s jumping. Somewhere in the sweet, sweet middle is DoodleJump.

The art direction isn’t mind-blowing, but it doesn’t hurt, either. Everything looks like it was sketched (or doodled, if you like) on a sheet of graph paper. It’s simple, likable, and visually interesting. That’s a good combo if you ask me.

This is a deceptively simple game, and that’s how it gets you (and I really did mean you just then, cuz it never gets me). Here’s how it works: you play a little guy that looks nothing so much like a cross between an elephant and a lightbulb. And you jump, and jump and jump and jump. Jump until it seems second-nature. Jump until you’re the undisputed king (or queen, for you gamer chicks out there) of jumping. Jump until your real legs actually start to ache in some kind of crazy psychosomatic trauma. For the love of all that’s good in this world, jump!

On the side of the screen are little hash marks that show where you and others have scored in the past. It’s almost appalling how satisfying it is to beat other people’s scores. I like to mock them as I play. All you other doodle jumpers are laughable. Your hash marks look like ants from way, way up here! I’m higher up than you’ve ever been. You should give up now. That’s right, go crying to your mother. See what good it does you. You know how much it’ll help? None, because your mom sucks at DoodleJump.

Oh, and while you’re at it, avoid the breakable platforms, monsters, and aliens. And don’t fall, otherwise you’re finished.

All that being said, you can’t just jump into this game (or can you?). There’s a high-score list, and topping it is the point of your little guy’s existence. Getting the top score takes skill, patience, practice; it takes the heart of a warrior, and the attitude of a Buddhist monk. Unless, of course, you’re my friend Wei. Then all it takes is a brew and two practice runs.

It took me weeks to beat his first highest-of-high scores. It took him fifteen minutes to take it back. Wei is a jerk.

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June 9, 2009 - Posted by | Gaming, iPhone/iPod Touch, review | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Luv luv luv it!!

    Comment by vulgarpotato | March 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. – And have u tried a DoodleFly??

    Comment by vulgarpotato | March 22, 2010 | Reply


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