What happens when a group of stuffed animals get together for some roller coaster action? Nutty Fluffies, a game that's extremely easy to pick up but thankfully takes some time to master, brings these two disparate elements together in an entirely engaging and entertaining fashion. With over 26 rides, most of which are actually challenging while being fun to play, the game is far from boring.

Although saddled with a relatively simple concept, Nutty Fluffies succeeds in giving you a wealth of options in how to ride each track. Before your ride begins, you pick which fluffies will brave the dangerous tracks and putting them on a cart will cost you some gold. If you're short on money, you can always populate your roller coasters with mice, since they're always ready for a thrill, free of charge. Other fluffies, which are all unlockables throughout the game, include dogs, pigs, and elephants.

Surviving each roller coaster ride with as many fluffies intact increases the amount of gold coins you accrue, and more money enables gamers to unlock new different tracks. There are hearts along your path, and all the collected hearts are changed into gold by the end of your ride.

Dragging a finger across the screen moves the roller coaster forward, and if you need to slow it down move your finger in the opposite direction. Going too fast on the track is the easiest way to crash and burn, and although watching a bunch of stuffed animals meet their demise is pretty fun to watch, it won't exactly make you a ton of money. Once you learn the ins and outs of specific tracks, repeatedly replaying that level is the best method to rack up gold coins.

The game's major strength exists its reliance on strategical thinking. If you are low on gold, do you continue to pay for higher priced fluffies to ride the roller coaster and simply hope they make you more money? Do you use a rocket boost when you're coming into that loop or coming out of it? When you get the option to add an extra cart on the roller coaster, do you accept the challenge even when you're treading on dangerous waters?

The music score for Nutty Fluffies perfectly summarizes the game. At first, the melody is simplistic and too cutesy for its own good, but then it travels in a completely unexpected direction, making the tune actually listenable. Nutty Fluffiies starts off as a very simple idea and it evolves into an entirely challenging game. Crashing and losing your passengers are inevitable, but once you survive a difficult round with most of your group intact you'll be ready to ride once again.

Nutty Fluffies doesn't pretend to be anything more than a fun game filled with stuff animals and roller coasters. But don't expect moonbeams and rainbows, or for that matter an easy ride. Whether it's plucking out hearts in the sky or screaming before their untimely demise, these fluffies are a highly memorable bunch, even if they are a bit nutty.


App Store Link: Nutty Fluffies for iPhone & iPad | By Ubisoft | Price: $0.99 | Version: 1.1.0 | 43.8 MB | Rating 4+

7.0 out of 10 arcade sushi rating