Tap Tap Squirrel is a family arcade game that is meant for your whole family. People of all ages, tastes and skills can enjoy it equally well. There is a lot of action, fun and excitement to be uncovered in this game. You work with George the Squirrel, a really cute adorable character in completing missions, earning upgrades and collecting acorns to munch upon. This is one game you will not get easily bored of, no matter how many times you play it over.
Developed by the Happy Mongoose Co. Ltd., this app has very basic requirements. It requires iOS 6.0 or higher and 8.3 MB of memory space. It has been optimized for the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus but is compatible with the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. It is filled with loads of fun in the form of over a hundred missions to be conquered. All levels can be accessed without any in app purchases.
You have to help George reach his tree house to complete each level. In order to get there, you have to collect power ups, acorns, leap over dangerous spikes and water and jump across large platforms. There are lots of enemies including caterpillars, birds, wasps and spiders that block his way by hiding in secret rooms. Discovering them will earn him special bonuses.
Another interesting addition to the app is the baby sitting mode. You can hand over your device to your child after locking sharing, settings and in app purchases and other things that your child could meddle with and mess up. You can then leave them to their exploring business, restricting them to the game only.
The graphics of the game are retro style pixel art. Even the sound effects and chip tunes are of the style of the 80s. The game has a lot of fun elements that keep you going at it. There are lots of upgrades that will help you unveil special abilities and skills that George the Squirrel. The missions are varied and include treasure hunts, skill tests and time trials so that you do not get bored of the same kind of missions. There are lots of bonuses including score multipliers, acorn magnets and shields that will help you get to the tree house faster.
The game controls are extremely simple. By the end of your first mission, you will have learned them very well indeed. You have to tap the screen to jump, tap twice on the screen to double jump. If you time your jump well, you will jump higher. To change direction, you need to swipe left or right. To stop running, you have to swipe down. With these intuitive controls, just anyone can pick them up in no time. However, the hard part is to master them. Coping up with the speed and difficulty is where the trick lies.
All said and done, this game is a fun arcade game that will take you down memory lane with its retro style. Nonetheless, the gameplay and concept will fascinate you and keep you hooked for hours on end.
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