Every young kid at one point or another has been fascinated by construction trucks and cranes. Today we’ll be reviewing Construction Crew, an app that has ported this childhood excitement to smartphones in the form of a great new game. Whether it's worth the install or not will be discussed further in our review.
- ✓Great controls
- ✓Physics Engine
- ✕Ads in the free version
|Reviewed on||Android version||Root||Modifications||Reviewed version||Latest version|
|Google Nexus 4||4.4.4||No||1.2||1.5.7|
Features & Use
At first glance, the general interface of Construction Crew looks pretty simply made. It’s clear that the focus has been aimed at the gameplay itself, something which we consider to be a positive trait. The app offers a total of 60 levels (75 with the recent update), where you step into the role of a busy construction worker. Just like many comparable games, the levels progress in difficulty and are gradually unlocked as you complete more and more. The final levels of the game prove to be quite the challenge.
In the game’s beginning, you only have a limited amount of vehicles, and there are 15 riddles within each of the game's 4 worlds. This includes a forklift, which the player uses to carry a box from point A to point B. Subsequent levels require the player to switch to different vehicles, you may need a mechanical lift to get the job done, for example. These changes will happen as the player navigates through the gaming world (which you do with a swiping gesture) and manually select alternative vehicles. You might find the controls a bit strange at the beginning, but gradually you’ll develop the skills required to be successful in the game.
Like we mentioned above, the game gets harder as you go along, so skipping levels might be quite challenging. On the other hand, it depends on the individual player and their skill level, as well as your motivation to get the job done. One thing I noticed which really disturbed the general flow of the game was the regular appearances of advertisements. These appear out of nowhere during the game and take up the entire screen. During the test period, I had accidentally clicked on the ad more than once, which then closed the game and brought me to the Play Store. To counter this, the developers did not include in-app purchases which is greatly appreciated, but the ads are too intrusive. An ad-free version is available, however.
A positive point about the game is the physics engine, which makes the experience a lot more realistic and exciting. During my first attempt at a mission, my excavator got wedged into the truck bed and both vehicles fell quite realistically into the lake, which I didn’t bother trying to save as it would have consumed far too much gas. Situations like these are only made possible with a great physics engine, and it goes to show that the gameplay isn’t just made up of pure luck. Lastly, construction crew is very child-friendly.
Screen & Controls
The graphics in Construction Crew are consistent and well done. At first it resembles a comic book in some ways, but remains faithfull to the general look throughout the entire game. The background music is also captivating and targets younger players.
The on screen arrow controls are comfortable to use, though it would have been helpful to have included calibration features and a tutorial.
Speed & Stability
Construction Crew worked well throughout our reviewing period, no crashes or glitches.
Construction Crew is free, and financed by in-app ads. There’s an another version which is free of ads.
Construction Crew is a great game and is well made. It's a game that can easily entertain you for a few hours. The various vehicles, the neat physics engine and the entire presentation provide it with a great overall picture. The only downside to the game is the ads. Despite this fact, we still recommend the app, which receives regular updates with new content.