Spoiler alert! Think mini-golf with wrinkles, slick graphics and a high price tag. Three stars.
Fibble HD meets all the requirements for an iPad Game of the Week. It’s colorful and noisy with high production values and a quest. But basically it’s little more than eye candy. For the few stages I played, I kept thinking this was basically mini-golf. Then I had to jump my golf ball, er, Fibble. Then I had to skip over empty space.
Which, now that I think of it, pretty much reminds me of mini-golf. I tried to play more of it, but I saw the handwriting on the wall early on.
The plot line is simple. Fibble’s flying saucer crashed in a kitchen. Now he has to search the house to rescue his four friends before they can fix the saucer and flee.
Each stage presents Fibble with a challenge. He has to make it across a spoon, silverware tray or some other mundane household item. (think tee off to hole). He has to make it in three shots (think par three) or repeats the hole. Each time he finds a friend he gets a new skill, such as the ability to jump. The key to making your shot is angle and force.
The levels may be a little more challenging than your average mini-golf app, but Fibble HD is also more expensive. At least Fibble’s friends can give you a boost.
Just to make sure you don’t think they pawned a mini-golf game with cool effects on you, you also have to search for the keys to finish each level. You can unlock additional levels for play, but you can’t complete the game.
Of course, you can buy the keys and unlock stages, and even buy a mothership to get you through each puzzle (think Angry Birds eagle). But it’s going to cost you. Before you finish you could pay as much as $7 for the complete game. If there were a lot of stages to play, I might think the price was worth it. Unfortunately there only seem to be 7 stages (plus bonus) for each level.
If you think you will escape with the purchase price, you’re wrong. I admit that a lot of games stiff you with an even higher price for in-app purchases, but other games give you more game as well.
In the end I keep coming back to the feeling that Fibble HD is just mini-golf. A super slick mini-golf with bells, whistles and fireworks, but still mini-golf.
Jenny Manytoes rates Fibble HD
Jenny Manytoes would take a nap next to Fibble HD. Oh, it’s pretty enough that she would bat it around for a little while, but as soon as it rolls under the couch she would lose interest.
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.
I can’t help but wish the developers had spent more money on the game than the complex 3D animated sequences. It might have been more fun. There have been some games (such as Back to the Future HD) that took so long to get through the animated introductions that I never bothered to play. At least I played.