Corpse Granny in Review – Night of the living grannies

My wife and I have recently developed a strong passion for all kinds of horror flicks. The recent couple off weekends were devoted almost completely to various zombiexploitation movies, from the classic Night of the Living Dead to Welcome to Zombieland. What could be better than watching a heap of zombies snack on helpless victims, right? I guess it’s time to see them burn! Well thanks to Corpse Granny you can take matters into your own hands and bring righteous flames to the shambling undead.

Corpse Granny is an original physics puzzle game obviously inspired by the now-classic Cut the Rope (TMA Review). No one knows how it happened (as usual) but zombies are advancing on the world – led by none other than grannies from the grave. A mysterious force is opposing them however, as juggling balls of mystic fire with the grace of a circus performer. And guess what – you are that force!

In terms of gameplay Cut the Rope’s influence is certainly felt. Each level presents you with a bunch of zombies that you have to kill. You can do so by dropping various fireballs on them, which are hung on chains. You have to cut the chains holding these balls and manipulate various elements in the environment to hit the zombies, thus sending them back to the grave for good. The levels do offer a surprising amount of interactive objects. Along with various planks, scattered boxes and barrels hanging on chains also available for cutting, you’ll get the chance to use cannons, elevators and other miscellaneous technical gizmos.

The fireballs are similarly available in different colours affecting gameplay. Along with the common yellow roller, you’ll get the chance to play with blue ones that are controlled by tilting the iPhone, purple crazy jumpers and the frustrating green balls, which disappear after a few bounces. And not all zombies will peacefully wait to be obliterated. Some brutes will take cannons of their own to defend against incoming threats and the dreaded grannies will do their best to escape.

One thing that can certainly be said about Corpse Granny is that all of this gameplay is wrapped up in one gorgeous package. The graphics are some of the most stylish I’ve seen in any puzzler. The interface is intuitive and features a nice combination of both touchscreen and accelerometer controls. Corpse granny uses the classic 3-star model of scoring based on the time it takes you to complete a level. If you’re a perfectionist however, beware, as the scoring is strict to the point that every fraction of a second counts to achieve the maximum stars. Even the early levels require you to start cutting before the level loading is complete to get the 3 star rating.

If you’re a fan of physics puzzle games, Corpse Granny is a must-have on your iDevice. The stylish graphics, polished game mechanics and diverse levels are sure to offer you hours of joy. I would caution the more casual players though, especially those with a perfectionist streak. Corpse Granny is one of the toughest puzzlers I’ve seen and getting 3 stars will likely set you back hundreds of tries per level.

With this I declare Corpse Granny officially touched!

Grab It Rating - 4/5

App Summary
Title: Corpse Granny
Corpse Granny HD
Developer: Bulkypix
Reviewed Ver: 1.1 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $0.99 / $2.99 App Size: 59.35MB
  • Very stylish graphics
  • Intuitive interface
  • Diverse interactive levels
  • Very difficult to get 3 stars even on early levels


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