Cornhole All-Stars in Review – Bag Tossing Brilliance!

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The bean bag toss is one of the oldest and simplest games around. It just doesn’t get much simpler than putting a bag in a hole (TWSS!). Kids and adults alike have been playing it for years. Now thanks to JUFTi, a classic backyard pastime has been brought to your iDevice in the form of Cornhole All-Stars.

When I got my hands on this game I had high expectations and before I even installed it was being told about the great characters, graphics and the physics. Lucky for me, the guys at JUFTi didn’t let me down.

First off, the graphics are great. The attention to detail is amazing. You have 4 fields to play on (The Cranky Mermaid, Rattlesnake Gulch, Centerville USA and Silent Acres Cemetery) and each one of them looks incredible. Even the board pieces that you toss your bean bag to is decorated differently depending on where you are playing.

As for the players. You get to choose between 4 characters: Sam Spittoon, Bucket Foot, Amazing Carl and Ms. Peculiar. Each one of them has a unique style, personality, and even their own custom bean bags!. When selecting your player, you see the character and a little write up about who they are, their height/weight info and a fun fact about them.

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The physics are unbelievable, rivaling physics in some much more expensive games. The Dev’s at JUFTi really made this game as close to real as you can possibly get, short of goin’ out back and tossing some real bean bags around. When you toss a bag, you can see it fly and bend and move around in the air just like it would in real life. Watching it hit the board is almost as fun as playing the game. Sometimes a bag will hit and land flat, or if you were off a bit, might teeter on the edge a little bit. It could also hit the board and and slide forward too far if you tossed too fast. As if trying to deal with the temperamental behavior of a bean bag wasn’t enough, JUFTi also throw wind into the equation. At the beginning of each round, you’ll see the icon in the top left showing the wind’s direction and speed, meaning that you have to do some barometric calculations.

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The goal of the game is to be the first person and/or team to reach 21. Each side will toss their bags; you get 1 point for ones that land on the board, and 3 for ones that get in the hole.  After everyone has tossed, scores are tallied. The lowest score is subtracted from the highest and the points that remain are given to the team that had the highest score.

Once a winner is declared, there’s a fun little animation for you to watch.

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Playing Cornhole is really simple. To move yourself left or right (remember to factor in wind speed), just drag the bean bag across the screen. Throwing it is as simple as swiping your finger up the screen towards your target. However, as easy as it is to remember physics and calculate the effects of wind, perfecting the toss is another matter.

As for game modes, you have a handful of options available to you. Firstly, there’s quick play. If you want to just get into the action, this is the option for you. The game will randomly select a field and player and start up a 1 player match for you right away. You could also use this mode as a practice mode for yourself as it is just you playing without any opponents. I found myself playing this way most often. Anytime you have a few minutes to kill, just boot this up and you’re on your way to being boredom free.

If you want more than just single player action, select the New Game option and skip Career mode in favour of Vs Mode. In this mode, you can play with up to 4 people. There are 2 types of game play styles here as well. When you play with anywhere from 1 to 3 players, you enter ‘Free For All’ mode which basically is every man for himself. That means whether its you vs the CPU or you and a friend (Head To Head), or you and 2 of your friends (Cut-Throat Mode), you are enemy to any other player.

They change it up in 4 player mode by forcing a pass-and-play or Team Mode style game. So instead of worrying about getting all the points yourself, you have a team mate to combine your score with. These modes are really enjoyable as well. The excitement of playing and then having to pass it off and wait to see how everyone else does adds to the overall enjoyment.

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The other game mode is Career Mode. This is where the developers definitely put in some extra work. In Career Mode, you pick your location and player just like the other modes, but you play by yourself just like in the Quick Play.

The difference here is that once you link your Facebook account to the game, it will add your scores to their server and keep track of how many points you rack up. After each match, you save your scores to the server, and have the option to post a Facebook message bragging about your latest score.

Afterwards, you can visit the applications page on Facebook and see who is in the top 10 leader board. Another neat addition to this is that because of Facebook top scorer rankings, you have another piece of bragging material to add to your profile. So anyone who looks at your profile can see how you are stacking up against other players.

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This game is one of my recent favourites. It’s not often that a newer development team release such a well put-together title for their first release. However, the team at JUFTi have definitely hit the mark. With such clean vibrant graphics and excellent physics, I can easily recommend this title to anyone. I also strongly recommend that you keep an eye out for future titles from this group. If Cornhole All-Stars is any indication of the quality of game you can expect from JUFTi, then I’m sure you can expect to see some great titles in the future.

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App Summary
Title:Cornhole All-Stars (v1.01)Developer:JUFTi
Price:$0.99App Size:79.4 Mb
  • Vibrant graphics
  • Amazing physics
  • Addictive game play
  • Facebook integration
  • Trophies/Leader board
  • Local Multiplayer
  • None to mention

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