Pick a Stick – Mikado for Android
Tested version: 1.9.1
Latest version: 1.9.4
Requires Android: from 1.6
We all know about Mikado, right? It's that pick-up-sticks game we've all played at some point in our lives—but did you know that its origin lies in a Buddhist fortune teller technique called Chien Tung?
The original game calls for concentration, dexterity and skillfulness; a sharp eye is what matters most in the Android version.
Find out more about Pick a Stick in today's review.
Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.2.1
Mikado may be rooted in ancient China, but Pick a Stick is an ultra modern version of this beloved game, for Android of course.
The app itself is roughly 6.7 MB (8 MB on the Nexus), and the required permissions strike us as perfectly legitimate.
The actual game itself consists in locating the upper most stick as quickly as possible and then removing it. Legerdemain is not all that important, seeing as the goal is not to free the way for other sticks. There are three different game modes to test your skills with:
- Normal: The goal is to clear as many sticks as possible in as little time as possible. But don't get all hectic: enjoy the process and take the time you need to clear the sticks!
- Hard: Same as the Normal mode, except that you receive a five second punishment every time you tip the wrong stick.
- Multiplayer: Play against others.
There are highs cores to beat, so hop to it. Scoreloop makes it possible, and you can unlock achievements within Scoreloop.
22 different skins/sticks make the game more interesting, visually that is. Take your pick (get it? haha): the American flag, Q-tips, little sausages or galaxy sticks. Some skins are available from the get-go, others are unlocked via “Skin Points” which you receive during a game.
Pick a Stick is a fun little game that makes for a great time-killer. It's nice and simple as well as totally inoffensive and non-violent, making it a great pick for younger users.
Pick a Stick isn't the type of game I can see myself playing for hours on end—unless the developers add more game modes or difficulty levels, that is.
Screen & Controls
Pick a Stick controls are very simple and you needn't worry about the app not recognising which stick you're after: the app correctly recognised each stick I selected throughout the entire time I played this game.
The design is rather good too, and the different skins are nice touch.
Speed & Stability
Pick a Stick runs very well and without any problems.
Pick a Stick is available for free from the App Center. Ads are displayed throughout the game, and the banner is located at an unfortunate spot that proves to be a bit bothersome.
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