Saturday, March 29, 2014

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Clay Jam

Today's Free App of the Day is Clay Jam
Originally $0.98

This is a strangely compelling and unique platform style game. The review would have been here more quickly but I kept playing it. :D Your goal is to rebuild the land of Clay Jam which was destroyed by the Bully Beasts. You do this by rolling a claymation ball down a hill. You control the ball by using your finger to gouge the sand to create a trench for the ball to follow. There are two games, Pebbles Adventure and Monster Love. In Pebbles Adventure, the goal is to roll over as many little monsters as possible, while avoiding things that will stop you or make you smaller. Tip: Things to avoid are marked with an exclamation point, which are items to big to squash; anything else should be aimed at. Each monster you absorb makes you bigger. As you grow, you will be able to squash things that were previously too big to squash, so it's to your advantage to squash early and often. At the end, when the sand appears grooved, you flick your ball vigorously to make it go as far as possible off the end of the platform, carrying a bully beast with you. The goal is carry the beast as far as possible--your best distance is recorded, but more importantly, the distance you achieve counts towards finishing the level. It may take three or more tries to gain enough distance points to complete a level. Once you've completed the level, the amount of clay you've absorbed earns you coins of the realm to buy items to rebuild Clay Jam. Which also creates new monsters for you to absorb. You also earn power-ups that you can activate by rolling over them in the game. If you backtrack too much, you will be overrun by a wall of lava and the game ends. :) The other game is Monster Love, which I haven't quite figured out yet, but has something to do with collecting the monsters that have hearts over them. In Pebble's Adventure, you also get mini quests to achieve in the game by absorbing so many of a specific type of monster or conquering a specific "bad thing." You earn power-ups as you achieve distances. You will know when you have a power-up available, because the little box of power-ups at the top of the Clay Jam on the home page will have a number available. Once in the game, tap on the box of power-ups in the lower left hand corner to activate them. This must be done at the beginning of the game. The game could benefit from a little more instruction. And a "back" button, though the Fire's bottom menu "back" button works if you swipe it up. I thought the game was cute and at least four stars. Five stars if they would add a bit more instruction and some in game controls to go back a screen and an exit button. It works only in one portrait mode (no 180 degree flip) and in airplane mode.

55 of 63 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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