iPhone game of the day: Doodle Bomb

Cute, yes. But also surprisingly deep, in a sort of "exploding mouse trap" kind of way

Game: Doodle Bomb
Price: $0.99 / £0.59
Size: 11.3MB
Buy it now from the iTunes store:US/UK

One of these days we're going to put our foot down and simplyboycottall future games with "Doodle" in the title. However, that day is not today because Doodle Bomb is about as brilliant as puzzle games come. It starts off seeming plain, but almost immediately ramps up to a near-perfect mix of Bomberman and the classic kids' board game Mousetrap. We've actually never seen anything like it...

The premise is this: You'rean eyepatch-wearing no-gooder peeking through a hole into each level. You tap the screen to chuck bombs into the playfield, and when they detonate they flip switches, blow apart guards, destroy platforms, bounce off trampoline-like robot mice, andeven (finally)blast open the door that leads to the next level. The puzzle bitis figuring out how to geta bombpast all these things, as well asadditional obstacles such as pipes, magnets,moving platforms and more, to hit the switch that opens the door. Simple idea, yes, but it gets more and more challenging as the rooms become more and more filled with Rube Goldberg-ian structures. Doodle Bomb impressed us with its depth. Fire it up and see if it does the same to you.

Oct 13, 2010