Wednesday, November 13, 2013

TrippyTap (Game Review)

Here's where the spirit of Firefox OS lives. Two students in Serbia made a Firefox OS game as part of the Telenor Firefox Challenge (Telenor is a Norwegian phone company that serves Europe and Asia). This game is original, simple, and ... fast!

Here's the opening screen. Very nice, with four images that you can figure out pretty easily: Play, Scores, How to Play, and Who Are These Guys?


Here's who they are:


I like the back button at the bottom. Next are the instructions:


These guys are great. They actually tell you how to play the game (very rare on a lot of games). And if you've played this before, here is your latest score:


The buttons on the top are: Back, Send, Register, and the one in the middle is Update. I really like the clean way the frame for this game is laid out. Very simple, very clean. Also fits in (as far as I can tell) with Firefox OS UI Guidelines (more about that in another post).

But the game is the thing, and here's the actual game start screen:


Pick one of the four colors. How hard is that?

Then there is a countdown and the game begins:


You have six squares and you have to tap on the squares of your color. And then tap again. I picked green, so I had to tap both green squares quickly in succession. But the screen changes fast and I had more squares to tap.

And then after a bit more tapping, the game is over and you get your score:


Do it again! This game is fast and furious as you try to beat your score. Also a good game to test if you're sober enough to drive or awake enough to get out of bed. Or just any reason to spend a minute while you are standing in line.

I just love the design of the whole UI for this game and would recommend it as a model of simplicity and ease of use. All I can say is that I want to see more games from these guys. And this is a good example of what Firefox OS is all about. A game authored in Serbia for a contest by a Norwegian company. Go world!

Cost: Free
Genre: Arcade
Score: 6 (out of 5)
Tested on: ZTE Open (Firefox OS)
Get it at: Firefox Marketplace

I'll try not to do this too often, but this game deserves a 6 out of 5 for being perfect and doing everything right and maybe for being done by beginners.