TiKi Toss 3D is the latest in the line of pickup-and-play style of games that I’ve had the chance to review. As I’ve said repeatedly in the past, when it comes to game genres on the iPhone, this is my favorite bar none. With promises of captivating gameplay and immersive accompanying music, read on to see if Tiki Toss is worth your while and whether it’ll make you want to come back for more.
First off the visuals in Tiki Toss 3D are impressive to say the least. The scenery doesn’t change much but what you do see looks great. The ocean tide, the tiki bar, even all the little scattered beach paraphenalia is really well done. It puts you in the right mood and keeps you there.
Based on the classic island hook-and-ring game, the controls are very simple. Using your finger, you make a swiping motion to swing the ring attached to a rope towards a hook hanging on a tree. It sounds easy enough, but mastering the technique is another story. I’ve been playing it quite frequently over the last little while and I still haven’t perfected it. The challenge however, is partly what makes the game more fun and addictive.
As far as game modes go, you have 3 options available to you. Best of 10, Arcade and Session. In Best of 10, you try to hook as many rings as possible in 10 shots; Arcade is similar in style but you get 20 rings and they throw in some nice bonus chances, with the chance to even go double or nothing. The last one, Session, is my favorite. Rather than seeing how good a score you can get in ‘X’ amount of rings, you try to see how many you can get in a row without missing. All three modes vary enough that you can spend a considerable amount of time with each and still not get bored.
Now normally I don’t really pay much attention to the music and audio in games. But since the developers have made it a major selling point in Tiki Toss (the game features “full length tracks by popular island artists and sound effects”), I wanted to make sure that I paid closer attention this time around. As expected the music of choice is a reggae style with 6 tracks included in the game. They do sound great and blend well with the other “beach/island” sounds and overall theme, thus making the tossing experience even more enjoyable. They even include links to the full length reggae and bossa tracks in iTunes if you wish to purchase them.
Overall, I have to say that Tiki Toss 3D is a really fun game that you can play minutes at a time. Staying true to the pickup-and-play style games, it keeps you entertained and makes you want to come back for more, not to mention get better at tossing the ring. The only real criticism I have is now that we have experienced a successful launch of GameCenter, I really don’t see any reason why a game should include any other social networks, like plus+ or OpenFeint (which is what Tiki uses). Regardless, at the current sale price of $0.99, Tiki Toss 3D makes for one great distraction on your iPhone/iPod Touch.
|Title:||TiKi Toss 3D||Developer:||Mellow Militia, LLC|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.0.1||Min OS Req:|