AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) Review
Just from the title alone, you know you're in for a wild ride with AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration). This tilt-based game based off of the insane sport of base jumping is a virtual trip through a world filled with the worst architects in the universe.
Not only is the game challenging, but it's got a sense of humor that will have you laughing in places you wouldn't expect. But I suppose a game where the only goal is to not splatter yourself all over the top of a building needs a sense of humor.
Anyone who easily gets motion sickness may want to pass this one up. AAAAaAAAAA!!! reminded me of the Jumping Flash games on the Sony Playstation back in the day. Your viewpoint is all first-person as you plummet high from the skies above, twisting and maneuvering your way past buildings, beams, freeways, walkways and anything else the designer could put in each level before you land safely at the bottom. Controls are all tilt based, so if you play this game in public with your iPad you're gonna look pretty silly as you tilt your body back and forth. Eh, let them stare, they're just jealous they're not playing this sweet game.
You're first introduced to a giant grid which houses each stage. Unlock stage squares by earning teeth in each level. Yes, it's strange, but this is a strange game. One of the stages you unlock is a mediation screen. No gameplay in it, it's there for relaxation only. You can unlock any level next to you as long as you have enough teeth. Earn teeth by collecting stars. You earn 500 teeth for each star achieved, which is based on how many points you score.
Points are earned by smashing through point plates scattered in each level, or by hugging the sides of building, which also earn you kisses. The more kisses you rack up, the more points you earn. This is a game that doesn't reward the safe way down. The more hazardous the path, the better your score. But make one wrong move and you'll break every bone in your body (the game lets you know this) and you'll have to retry the level. The levels aren't very long, but they're very intense. Take your eyes off the screen, even for a second, and you'll find yourself landing on the top of a building without a parachute. Speaking of parachutes, the level ends when you approach a large red ring. A parachute icon will then appear on screen. Tap it to deploy your parachute and land inside the ring for extra points. You can also earn points by waving at fans watching you jump, or by flipping off protesters. You can even graffiti the sides of buildings on the way down.
I really liked how responsive the tilt controls were. I messed a bit with inverting them, since I'm used to that for airplane games, but found that the default control scheme was more conducive for this kind of free-fall experience where you have to move directions quickly and abruptly.
AAAAaAAAAA!!! is the kind of game every punk kid skater and extreme sports junkie would put on their iPhone. Each level looks different, with crazy color schemes and trippy backgrounds. This kind of anti-establishment theme reminded me of Jet Set Radio, which quickly became a classic. Even though this has been out on the PC since 2009, the iOS port was worth the wait. The music is either loud, fast and full of energy or beefed up elevator music. (Crank this puppy up if you really want to annoy everyone around you.) If you listen long enough while at the stage select screen, news blurbs will be announced by a guy who sounds like he's bored out of his mind. It's rather amusing.
It's a shame the experience is so short. You'll probably finish it pretty quickly so hopefully an update is coming that will add more stages. If you're tired of the same old thing in the App Store, then pick up this wonderfully kinetic and fun game. Sure, it's got some attitude, but who wants to play it safe when you're falling in-between buildings and flipping off protesters?