Those who put together the iPhone and iPad game Coin Quest forgot the number one rule when it pertains to making a game; make sure it's fun to play. Coin Quest is anything but that. What could have easily been a fun time killer where you try to have coins drop into slots, turns into something far more complicated, and unnecessarily so.

At the start, you're introduced to a menu page that's far too detailed, and too small, to belong in what you think is a really easy and mindless game to get your hands on. You're given the faintest of glimpses over the troubles to come when it's difficult to even find your way into the first level. The buttons on the main page are so tiny you wonder why they even designed it that way. Then we get into the gist of the game where we're supposed to dump in as many rocks and coins as possible into the holes before time runs out. That's right, you've only got a limited amount of time to achieve your goal. There's no way to speed up the large slab of rock from pushing you closer towards your goal, but at least there's a couple of bonuses and potions to keep you on your toes.

This is another part that is a lot more complicated than it needs to be; the actual gameplay. When you start playing you figure out the beats, how long it takes the slab to scoot forward the rocks, and various items that may have fallen along the way. Unfortunately, this is where a lot of the trouble continues on. There will be moments where you'll suddenly see a boulder making its way across the screen. The strange thing about said boulder is that you'll receive points if you destroy it, but at the same time you don't want to because it helps you knock over some more of the stone pieces in your way. Either way it's helping you make some money so it's odd. The other creatures that come into play aren't that bad to deal with.

The most irritating part is definitely the earthquakes. Whenever the earthquakes come in it's an absolute onscreen mess, only because the whole screen goes into super shaky camera mode and you're disoriented for the few precious seconds that you just lost, which you needed. The armor that you pick up doesn't really help, the potions do little to nothing in order to keep you going, and it's just one big mess. Coin Quest could have been something decent but fails to entertain.


App Store Link: Coin Quest for iPhone & iPad | By Superflat UK Partnership | Price: Free | Version: 1 | 136 MB | Rating: 4+

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