101 Crane Missions
Tested version: 1.0.2
Latest version: 1.0.3
Requires Android: from 2.2
When you were a little boy (or girl: no sexism here!) did you ever gaze up at a giant crane and think to yourself that everything must look so small when seen from all the way up there? Well, when I stumbled across 101 Crane Missions those memories from when I was a kid came back up and I decided to try the game to satisfy my momentary nostalgia. Find our more below.
Features & Use
Test devicet: Samsung Galaxy Note II
Android version: 4.1.1
In 101 Crane Missions you are in control of the crane-y part of a crane, if that makes any sense, as well as the crane's claw. The game is made up of different levels, though not all 101 levels are available as of yet (70 at the time of this review), Missions are split into four scenarios: Foggy City, Windy Mountain, Ropes over Vienna and The Island. The first few missions are relatively simple: build towers or bridges, mount blocks on wobbly constructions, etc.
Once you get to Windy Mountain you will have to work a little harder than in Foggy City, because - as the name might suggest - gusts of wind will come up and make your job harder. Your responsabilities will also include ensuring that the Smilies don't fall down and are protected from wind and other elements thanks to your shelters.
Once you get to Vienna you will have to learn to handle new forms of building blocks: some of them are now connected via rope, meaning you need to find that perfect balance when setting them down.
The main element you will have to deal with once you get to the island is water, and your task is to build bridges and rafts. Luckily, the building blocks float, but water is not as stabile a surface as the firm ground beneath one's feet!
When you successfully complete a mission you will be told what your score is; the score is contingent on the time factor. Star icons located at the top right let you know how you are doing.
You can deactivate the sound effects or the background or clouds if you find any of it to be distracting.
Check out the free mode if you're feeling creative and just want to construct your own stuff without isntructions or set tasks.
101 Crane Missions is a cool game for players who are agile (and have a relatively large display to play on!). A fun concept and worth checking out.
Screen & Controls
The 101 Crane Missions graphics just don't feel modern, and not in that cool, retro kind of way. It looks like the type of app that might've come out 2 or 3 years ago.
Controls on the other hand are very good: eay and intuitive. You navigate the crane via a virtual joystick.
Speed & Stability
101 Crane Missions performs well: smooth and stabile.
101 Crane Missions costs €1.99. That's a rather steep price if you compare other apps from this particular genre of game. Furthermore, at the present time not all 101 missions are available (70 at the time of this review).
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