Today we’re going to be taking at look at one of the newest games for the BlackBerry PlayBook, Dummy Jake. This game debuted earlier this week as Rock n’ Roll Game Studio’s first PlayBook game and I’ve been playing it non-stop since then. The game follows a simple concept, you control Jake, the robotic dummy, as he falls through the sky. The game uses a combination of accelerometer-based, tilt control and on-screen button presses. Fall past the break with me and Jake as I review this title.
First, let’s take a look at the control system for the game. Once you press start, Jake begins his free-fall from the heavens. to control his movement horizontally, you’ll use the PlayBook’s accelerometer and just tilt the device in the direction you want Jake to fall. The tilt control is the largest part of the control system. Then you have the two on-screen controls. If you tap anywhere on the left side of the screen, Jake will perform a backflip. This maneuver can help you avoid flying meteorites that can hit you and cause major damage. Tapping and holding the right side of the screen activates Jake’s Nitro. This feature is basically a rocket booster on Jake’s back that allows you to speed up. You have a limited amount of nitro that you can use at once but you can recharge your nitro by collecting objects and beating stages in the game.
Next, we’ll discuss the gameplay. Overall, gameplay and graphics are very smooth. The object of the game is pretty clear, as well. As you can see in the image above, there are things to grab and things to avoid. First, we’ll discuss the things you want to do. You want to pick up battery packs, repair nuts, and glowing blue rings. Collecting these objects will help you advance to the next level and stay healthy. You’ll want to avoid the flying meteorites and fall through the center of fire rings. Be sure not to hit the sides of the fire rings, though, or you’ll take some serious damage. The last things you need to know about is the white, ice rings. You want to hit these ice blocks while using your Nitro to smash them up, but be careful. If you hit one without your Nitro running, you’ll take some damage.
Lastly, there’s the social aspect of this game. The developer has integrated ScoreLoop into the application, so you can check out the online leaderboard, challenge your friends to beat your high score, and keep track of your goals. The leaderboard and friend challenge features use your ScoreLoop account to keep track of your friends and scores. If you don’t already have a ScoreLoop account, the game will create one for you when you register under the “My Dummy” option. ScoreLoop also keeps track of how many of the game’s 29 goals you have met.
All in all, Dummy Jake is a great addition to the BlackBerry PlayBook. The game is easy-to-play and can be played for both short and long sessions. It’s also a great debut PlayBook game release from Rock n’ Roll Game Studio. I’m excited about this game and even more so for games that they will bring out in the future. You can get Dummy Jake for your PlayBook from App World for just $2.99. Hit the link below to grab your copy today.