Spoiler alert! Can Knockdown and its new sequel Can Knockdown 2 provide hours of cheap fun. Different challenges require different skills and each target presents a bigger challenge. I wouldn’t go so far as to rate it a best buy, but for the price it might as well be.
It’s game day Friday and if you like to hit things and knock them down I have just the games for you. Infinite Dreams recently released the sequel to Can Knockdown and between the two of them you should have plenty to keep you occupied when you can’t deal with your kids or boss for one more hour and don’t want to slip three steps in the program.
Infinite Dreams has an interesting range of offerings and almost all of them are pretty good. My favorite remains Let’s Create: Pottery but they also offer the Jelly series which comes as a puzzle or arcade game.
The original Can Knockdown is pretty simple. The game stacks up cans; you try to knock them down with a worn and restitched softball. Take out every can in a single strike, the value of the next round increases. Fail to take them out with one pitch, and the value of the cans reverts back to one point each.
Can Knockdown offers two scenarios, standard and winter. The can arrangement gets more complex as you take out each formation.
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You start with a set number of pitches. Once you use your pitches the game’s over. The game cannot end when you clear a formation from the shelf. Each formation involves more cans in a more complex stack, making it increasingly difficult to knock them down with a single pitch.
Once you successfully clear four formations, the game adds special cans. Some explode if you hit them, others provide additional pitches. If you keep clearing formations, you keep racking up points. My best was around 230 before I installed Can Knockdown 2, and the game center reset my high score to 0.
Can Knockdown 2 adds two new challenges and a lot more color. The target challenge involves striking a target with the ball. If you knock it off the fence you get one or two points. If you split it into pieces you collect five points and increase the value of the next hit.
Can Knockdown 2’s target level is full color and adds a different kind of target. It’s not enough to knock the target down, you need to hit the right seam to shatter it into pieces.
The targets vary in size and location and some move as you pitch. Nor do you simply pitch, you have to align the ball with a soft spot on the target. This level is timed, and you have 30 seconds to break as many targets as you can.
The timed level involves pitching at cans being tossed in the air at high speed. You can pitch as many balls as you want as rapidly as you can. This is the most difficult level of all because it’s extremely hard to hit a small moving target. To help you, some cans explode, some slow the cans down, and some increase the number of cans in the air.
The timed level pits the player against cans moving at high speed. This is the most difficult of the three challenges by far.
The cans level is pretty much identical to the traditional level in Can Knockdown. In fact, it resembles the earlier version so much you may feel ripped off. I certainly did. Still, with the original traditional level embedded in the sequel you can simply buy Can Knockdown 2 and skip the original without missing much.
Simply learning to pitch may be the biggest challenge to the game. You have to learn how to aim and flick the ball to produce the spin and height you need. It took me a couple of days to pitch consistently.
You also need to discover the sweet spot in each formation. If you hit the right can (or cans) at just the right spot you can bring the entire formation down. Miss the sweet spot by the slightest margin and you may find yourself facing impossible splits with two or three cans.
When playing Can Knockdown2, don’t pitch to the game square in the main screen’s upper right corner. You will leave Can Knockdown 2 and launch the App Store. It would be more convenient if Infinite Dreams added an in-between screen with all of their games to warn you that you are looking at additional game offerings.
As a reward to players who like lots of gratification and feedback, Can Knockdown awards plenty of medals for any number of accomplishments, including hitting certain cans in the right spot. You can also compare your scores with other players using Game Center.
Can Knockdown offers plenty of medals through the game center.
Can Knockdown and Can Knockdown 2 require more dexterity and nimbleness than cerebral power. But you still need to play smart to win.
Jenny Manytoes rates Can Knockdown 1 & 2
Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over either version of Can Knockdown. I can’t go quite as far as to list them best buys but they’re pretty close. Maybe make biscuits +.
The Jenny Manytoes Rating System
Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
- When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
- When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
- When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
- When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
- When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.
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