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Lumiappaday #11: Penguin demoed on the Nokia Lumia 800

| November 27, 2011 | 12 Replies

 

Sunday’s Lumiappaday is an game called Penguin. It’s really simple but it’s really addictive. I’ve you’ve ever played Tiny Wings, the game play is pretty much like that. Press down to dive and release to flap the penguin’s wings. Time it just right so that you dive on a downward slope that helps gain momentum and speed as you launch your penguin back up.

 #11) Penguin

Price: Free

Link: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-GB/apps/78681258-ec97-e011-986b-78e7d1fa76f8

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWZeT98-O-I

Developer blurb:

Who says penguins can’t fly? With your help, this Penguin can and does fly through a colorful, fun landscape. Easy to start with simple, one-touch controls to dive or fly. Keep practicing your timing to build momentum, taking Penguin to new heights and lands.

Rating: 9.00

Design: 7 The premise of this game is to make a flightless bird, fly. Here we have a penguin and it is in expected chilly, icy surroundings. When the penguin is flying, you can see him flap his wings. The faster he goes, the game zooms out slightly so you can see more of the surroundings. The hills change colour with different levels.

It’s not pushing the graphics, but it still looks great though having seen Tiny Wings, my expectations are slightly raised. You’ve got music playing in the background and sound effects when your penguin crashes or picks up fish.

The ads are intermittent, although they do sometimes detract. Hey, it makes the game free.

It could push itself a little further in terms of animations, perhaps with a video intro, improve backgrounds.

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Usability: 9. I couldn’t understand how to work this the very first time I played it. But once I did it got really addictive. It’s simple – just press the screen to dive and release to let your penguin flap its wings. It’s just a case then of coordinating when to dive so that you slide down the slope and not crash on an upward one.

It helps if you’re having problems by having green highlighted on the downward slope and red on the upward ones. These disappear when you’re moving quite well, and the game assumes you’ve understood the controls.

Performance: 10 Much better than before (on my Omnia7). As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, these developers are constantly updating their apps. Fast start, stable, resumes instantly (though you just have to press resume afterwards and continue precisely where you left off). It’s instances like that where you’d prefer the game not to run in the background when multitasking.

The visuals are fast and fluid.

Price: 10. It’s free, add supported. The ads appear in game though so you do have something blocking the game screen. It intermittently disappears but it’s there more times than it’s not.

Conclusion: Great, simple addictive free game. Perfect casual game to pick up anywhere and kill some time.

p.s. I’ve got some more visually appealing games to show, but it’s just a case of finding the time next week to record them. I think that whilst I have too many apps to show to limit to just one app a day, I think I’m going to have to based on the demands of Uni Work. These videos are a little more time consuming than I expected them to be what with filming and editing and processing then working out the screenshots and then the written review. I love doing them though. It makes a great contrast to everything else that I’m doing but I just have to limit the time I spend to make sure none of the other stuff (esp Uni) suffers. Hope there are people out there finding Lumiappaday useful. The apps themselves might not be to everyone’s taste but hopefully you can see there’s always new content to put on your Lumias.

 

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Category: Applications, Games, Lumiappaday, Nokia

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  • Jesse

    Penguin is a fun distraction, especially for a free title.

  • I want another RX device erom Nokia

    Off topic

    @Jay
    where is the mobile site?

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  • Patata

    “Performance: 10 Much better than before. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, these developers are constantly updating their apps.”

    Version history:

    2.1 – Added global leaderboards

    2.0 – New graphics by Luke Farinella

    1.1 – Fix for HTC sound effect issue

    1.0 – Initial release

    Guess you should read the changelog before making any statements about better performance / startup time than before that you mean is related to the developer updating their apps. This developer never did any performance related updates at all ;)

    • Oh Hei

      Patata – you’re ever so resentful that Jay is doing this series – for the Lumia 800.

      [Jay’s comparison is in reference to his Omnia 7 performance.]

      Oh, and you’re jealous too :)

    • Jay Montano

      hAHAHA, I feel so much resentment in the words you type in such a “matter of fact” way :)

      Much better than before. (Omnia7, sorry must add that)

      As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, these developers are constantly updating their apps. Yes you’re correct. You’ve just proven my point by giving me a version history:

      2.1 – Added global leaderboards

      2.0 – New graphics by Luke Farinella

      1.1 – Fix for HTC sound effect issue

      1.0 – Initial release

  • Patata

    How about showing some productive apps at least?
    A decent FTP Client, Messenger with Jabber support. WebDav Client / Support (no, I don’t mean Skydrive, Dropbox or whatever, I mean the possibility to use my own WebDav Server. Symbian had it, but Nokia removed it from Belle)
    Alternate Browser would be pointless, cause we already know that there are no real alternates, just IE with other Skins / Interface.

    The thing is… if you want to show why Windows Phone is a good alternate to Symbian and why it should be Nokia’s future, you should try to show the things people won’t have to miss if they decide to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone.
    You said previously that you never got such critics when you’ve shown such “toy” apps for Symbian.
    I can only speak for myself and I didn’t care about you presenting those apps for Symbian, since I already had an Symbian device at that time, so I could check out myself which apps might be useful for me.
    Windows Phone is a new platform for me and I don’t have any WP device right now (since there still is no device that I really like to get) so it would be nice and helpful to see at a little what productive apps wp currently has to offer ;)

    • Jay Montano

      “The thing is… if you want to show why Windows Phone is a good alternate to Symbian and why it should be Nokia’s future, you should try to show the things people won’t have to miss if they decide to switch from Symbian to Windows Phone.
      You said previously that you never got such critics when you’ve shown such “toy” apps for Symbian.
      I can only speak for myself and I didn’t care about you presenting those apps for Symbian, since I already had an Symbian device at that time, so I could check out myself which apps might be useful for me.
      Windows Phone is a new platform for me and I don’t have any WP device right now (since there still is no device that I really like to get) so it would be nice and helpful to see at a little what productive apps wp currently has to offer”

      Sure, I understand. I also have more productive apps. I’m not sure I have the type of apps you’re looking for as I’ve never found a use for them myself so have never installed it. Will take a look at marketplace. You mentioned not needing Dropbox, that’s true. The web version is fine for me. It looks like an app anyway. It’s pinned as a home tile like an actual app.

      Oh as for productive apps, that’s productive for me or useful for me to ‘get stuff done’. I’ve been limited the past week with time constraints, but there’s a day free next week so I’ll use that to get some reviews and lumiappaday stuff done. I’ll let you know how I get along.

      As for making assumptions on browsers – yes, most are skins. One browser I found is an excellent alternative, even with bandwidth saver options that turns practically all sites into mobile ones. It’s very useful.

    • Jesse

      Honestly very few devs are making FTP/WebDav types of apps anymore because there is no market for them.

      Those apps do exist on the marketplace but most users just get frustrated with them because they aren’t as good of experiences as using services like Skydrive, Sharepoint or Dropbox.

      I made my own ftp client because I need it for one of my servers at work but I have no intention of putting full support in it and selling it because the market for such an app these days is just way too small. Especially when Skydrive is free.

      Besides making such apps is boring too : ) Games are much more fun and sell better!

      • Jay Montano

        Good point. Fun sells. So says half a billion angry birds downloads even though you’re all doing the same flicking bird thing over and over.

        • Patata

          And that is why at least the os should support all those features that app developer don’t want to waste their time on.

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