Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Doodle Farm

Today's Free App of the Day is Doodle Farm
Originally $0.99

This is a pretty well reviewed game. People who like it seem to really like it, though I can't imagine why. I am clearly not the target market for this game. You are apparently populating the world with animals.

 You start with four groups: sea, poultry/birds, insects and rodents, with one element in each: anchovy, egg, worm, and mouse. You combine, by tapping, these elements with each other or themselves to form new elements. Some combine, others don't, so it's a trial and error method. Combining the egg with the egg forms a chicken, combining the mouse with a mouse creates a rat and a cat, and cat is a new group--farm animals?

You receive a quote that pertains to the new element. "Anyone can rat, but it takes a certain amount of ingenuity to re-rat.--Winston Churchill) The goal apparently is to create the 137 elements and the 17 groups. (New groups are formed when an element is created that is not part of the original four groups.) There are frames around the animals that are supposed to tell you when an element is read to react or not: Black border, ready to react. Grey border, final element. Dashed border, no pair yet. Which seems self explanatory, but I've been able to pair dashed elements with other elements.

There are hints, and you earn additional hints as you play. You can see a history of the reactions that have worked. Doing the same reaction a second time doesn't have any real impact--it works, but you don't get credit for multiples of the same animal. You do get a new quote, however. You can also see a list of the new elements, sorted alphabetically, by tapping on the magnifying glass. Apparently, there are more by this developer--Doodle God and Doodle Devil.

Aside from gameplay, the other thing I don't like about this game are the permissions--fine level GPS? Why? Many of the one-star reviews complain about the permissions, a few about boring gameplay and a few older reviews say it stopped on their Kindle Fires. I did have one lockup and had to restart my Fire HDX. Must be played in portrait mode, won't rotate 180 degrees. Can be played in airplane mode. Because of the excessive permissions, I have an alternate game.

97 of 146 reviews are four stars and above.

So we have a bonus pick: Jelly Splash.

This is a cute variation on a match-three game that's suitable for younger kids as well as older ones. One negative--apparently at some level, you are asked to connect to Facebook. I'm at level 10 and haven't been asked yet. It does play in airplane mode. I say enjoy it for the levels as far as you're willing to go. You can try for the three gold stars on each level or for a higher score, so there is replay value.

57 of 75 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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