Twang the Fox is a charming, colorful, and consistently entertaining platforming game that will be hard to put down, especially if you are an old school pinball fan. The storyline also pulls on your heart strings, as Twang the Fox, a circus performer with extraordinary jumping abilities, must rescue his wife and cubs from a villain named Boscoe Carnivale.

It's easy to control Twang the Fox, just move your finger across the screen to create a rubber band-ish line which serves as Twang's jumping off point. The shorter the line you draw, the higher he jumps. As the game progresses you will have other methods for jumping and bouncing about, and at times you will serve as a human catapult and aim yourself to your end goal while avoiding destructive mines in the process.

Along with exploding mines, rising water and flying balloon machines are also out to destroy Twang, but if you master drawing the appropriate line at the right moment, then Twang the Fox may be a total breeze to complete. The lack of sheer difficulty does not detract from the game's utter likability factor, and it's great to know that at the end of each level, Twang saves a member of his family. It's a pretty cool goal to have in a platforming game, giving Twang the Fox an extra sense of depth. Plus, who in their right mind wouldn't save a kid named after Arthur Fonzarelli?

On a completely visual level, Twang the Fox passes the eye test, as each second of Twang's perilous journey is a total feast for the eyes. One minute you will be passing through a bright colored, rainbow infused maze, and within moments you may find yourself out in the darkest of space, trying to navigate through zero gravity. No two screens are exactly alike, and this variety of colors and design gives Twang the Fox an almost hypnotic feel. Time definitely has a different way of passing in Twang the Fox's surreal universe.

It is the world that envelops Twang the Fox that gives the game a nuanced and downright appealing feel. The contraptions which send Twang hurtling through a row of lush cherries, the wispy clouds which guide him past imminent dangers, and even a white, Americana inspired helmet which renders him invincible for a few moments -- all these seemingly incongruous elements add up to form an immensely absorbing gameplaying experience. Although the game is not a free download, it's definitely worth the ninety nine cents. You won't have to worry about upgrading or buying lives to continue Twang the Fox, and every time you crash into a mine or drown in the yellow waters, you are brought back to life. There are a bevy of platforming titles to wile away the days, but Twang the Fox doesn't feel like a waste of time, especially when family comes first.


App Store Link: Twang the Fox for iPhoneiPad | By Prodigy Design Limited T/A Sidhe Interactive | Price: $0.99 | Version: 1.1 | 36.3 MB | Rating 4+

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