Ragdoll physics engine aren’t exactly new to video games, and Grand Theft Auto IV recently put on a visual clinic with the technique, but that doesn’t mean it’s not refreshing to see them used in mobile game.
Flickitty’s (99 cents) unique use of ragdoll physics engine, along with stylish animation and design, make it a standout game for those looking for a little something different.
In short, you control a cat who is tasked with collecting various objects and bringing them to other places in the game world.
You move the hero, Flick, by running your finger along the screen. Flick follows in the direction your finger goes, but he does so in a very exaggerated, almost bobblehead fashion, hence the physics engine.
This can prove a bit cumbersome at first, as Flick’s world is littered with fire, fans, and electrical currents that threaten his existence at every turn. You’ll find that you’re constantly electrocuting the poor cat when you first start playing.
Luckily, the controls are intuitive enough that you’ll soon be squeezing Flick through some very precarious spots with just a little bit of practice.
On the plus side for novice players, failure to protect Flick does show off the game’s excellent animation. When Flick takes damage, it is expressed through bruises, burn marks, and bandages surrounding his wounded cat body. It’s an added touch that brings a bit more character to the game.
The only area in which the game is really lacking is a discernable story. Sure, you’re collecting items here and there (for which you earn hats and disguises to dress Flick in, by the way), but there doesn’t seem to be much happening beyond that. It could be easy for someone to become frustrated early on with the game for not providing a greater incentive to play, but playing Flickitty is enjoyable enough without a great incentive system.
Flickitty has more character than dozens of other app games available, and if nothing else, the diversion of collecting mechanical gears with a hovering cat is sure to provide a welcome distraction while you ride the bus.