Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100G)
Android version: 4.1.2
Applicable with versions 2.2 or higher.
This so-called genre is one of my personal favorites. It should be fun for pretty much everyone to run through various worlds, jump off of cliffs, while leaving enemies in the dust. And this is a free app? I smell something fishy.
But on the contrary, MANUGANU brings something to the table that many other apps don't do. You are a small first-nations (native-american) boy with an animal scull on your head. All you have to do is try to get through the level, as well as collect coins and medallions. There are also goals to complete in each level, which entail collecting a certain amount of coins or to complete the level without dying once.
The steering is relatively easy. There's a jump and a stop/go button. You can even do a double-jump by quickly pressing on jump twice, in order to get over bigger obstacles. This sound pretty easy if it weren't for the fact that there are quite a few on the road, which isn't a completely straight line either. There are caves, swinging hammers and scythes, spikes and monsters everywhere, all of which you need to avoid. Once you've mastered a level, you have the option of sledding, climbing or to destroy parts of the ground. Manuganu isn't a linear Jump'n'Run game, like Hill Climb Racing for example. It offers short, yet complex levels, where you have many path choices. You climb up and down ropes and can change direction: everything is possible. These games are simple, but really set Manuganu from the pack.
So that the game isn't too easy, the player must complete 3 different missions per level. It's often the case that they will mutually rule each other out, which means you might need to play the level more than once. There are a total of 27 normal and 3 bonus levels. After you're done the first 10 levels, the environment will change. You start off in a green landscape, then go to a frosty land covered in ice and finally play through a dusty desert. After you've successfully completed a level, you'll get a star. When you reach either 25, 50, 75 stars, you'll unlock the bonus worlds.
The negative side of this game is that after every game you are bombarded by ads. In this case, it would've been a good option to pay a small fee to get rid of these.
MANUGANU is fun right from the first second of playing. The super nice graphics and funny small games make the gaming world more fun and create a great overall app. All in all, the player is challenged by an adventure that has all the elements you could wish for. There is one sole point to criticize (next to the ads) and that is that there are only 30 levels. I would have liked there to be a lot more. That being said, each level does ask for a lot, like the various mission goals for example.
Screen & Controls
MANUGANU is a great game to play and has very intuitive controls. Its graphics looked great, giving it cool overall look.
Speed & Stability
The app worked smoothly the entire time, without hang-ups. MANUGANU didn't crash one single time.
MANUGANU is available in the Play Store and can also be found on AndroidPIT for free. Since this game is free, it's a definite must; the game concept is clever and the ideas are fresh. Unfortunately it only has 30 levels (for the moment). Even though it's fine for free apps to have ads, I would have appreciated there to be a lot less.