Sunday, 2 October 2011

Tappi Bear All In One Review

Anyone searching for a WarioWare style game to enjoy on their iPod should look no further than the Tappi Bear series. Released by, the Tappi Bear series features a host of frantic, cute and addictive mini-games. 

Due to the frantic nature, the Tappi Bear games are incredibly brief, and so plays can last between seconds, to a mere few minutes. It seems a little pointless to buy them separately once you realise this, so thankfully they have now been released in compilation packs. The first of these, Tappi Bear All In One is definitely worth a purchase.

The eight mini-games included in Tappi Bear All In One are:

Donut Dance

Donut Dance is a combination of rhythm games mixed in with memory games. In other words, it can be compared to games such as Swipetaptap, or Simple Simon

Concentration and vigilance is definitely the key to succeeding in this game. Players will watch as the horde of brightly coloured bears pass a donut to one another. When the music stops, the donut disappears. You are then left to click on the bear which you recall holding the donut last. Of course, with any game like this, the difficulty gets increasingly hard as the music and donut passing speeds up. 

This is definitely one of the more fast and frantic games in the collection, but by no means is it any less enjoyable. In fact, it's great fun.

Donut Ninja

Players tap left and right on the screen to repel hoards of donut-craving ninjas away from your reach by throwing donuts in their direction. Mess up, and it's instantly game over.

Of course, like any game in this collection, it gets incredibly tricky as the pace speeds up. I found this one gets a little frustrating at times, as it is so easy to slip-up.

Space Rush

Adorned in a cute little spacesuit, players guide Tappi Bear left and right to avoid meteors, and other obstacles for as long as possible. Extra points can be picked up by collecting, you guessed it-donuts.

A simple game which has been done many times before, but the cuteness factor definitely makes this an enjoyable little game.

Kung Fu Battle

This one is pretty similar to Donut Ninja, but out of the two, this one is probably the weaker. Instead of flinging donuts at ninjas like in Donut Ninja, players swing a nunchuck left or right to fend off another hoard of martial arts bears.

Enemies vary in difficulty, and the speed gets increasingly faster pretty early on, so this one tends to be a little more frustrating than enjoyable at times.

Tap Tap Jump

In any games compilation, there always has to be the one game that is significantly weaker than the rest. Unfortunately, Tap Tap Jump is that one. Players guide Tappi Bear left and right to traverse up a series of vines. 

The aim is to collect as many donuts as possible along the way, whilst avoiding any vine-swinging enemies. However, the controls are not always responsive, and avoiding enemies is near-impossible when you are having difficulty in moving Tappi in the desired direction. I actually avoid playing this one due to this problem, which is a shame.

Chick Farm

This one wins the award for the cutest game in this compilation. Chick Farm involves rounding up a bunch of chicks, and moving them out of harms way in their pens. 

The score is based on how many chicks you have managed to save from death when the timer has reached zero. Both simple and cute, Chick Farm is recommended.

Trick or Tappi

Trick or Tappi is similar to games such as Bejeweled and Zoo Keeper. The aim is to create matching rows of three in order to clear lines and earn some points. Your score is tallied up once the timer reaches zero.

This mode is very brief, as the timer only counts down from a minute or so each time. The element of panic sets in when you realise that you only have a mere few seconds left on the clock, but don't worry, this element of panic is not enough to deter you from the game completely. In fact, I welcome this challenge.

Trick or Tappi is one of the most addictive games in this collection, as well as being rather adorable.

Tappi Xmas

This one requires players to tip the iPod from side to side in order to sled it down a snowy slope. Obstacles must be avoided, whilst there are donuts and presents available to be picked up in order to gain a bigger score.

This is a cute little Christmas themed game which I couldn't help but gain a smile on my face whilst playing it. 

Tappi Bear All In One is definitely worth a download. There is a range of eight different games to choose from, and all but one are addictive. The cute factor definitely helps to make this even more appealing, and I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would love the frantic gameplay. I recommend this collection! 5/5

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