Tappy Cricket, available for Android through the Google Play Store, and for iPhone and iPad through the Apple iTunes App Store, is a Flappy Bird clone with a cricket based theme. It is a pretty enjoyable game, and plays in a very similar way to Flappy Bird.
You tap the screen to get the winged cricket ball to flap and rise slightly in the air. He will immediately drop if you don’t keep tapping, but tap too much and he will fly too fast, hitting the top of the screen. Once he collides with either the screen boundaries or another obstacle in the level, it is game over straight away, with your score recorded. Following the cricket theme, if you fail to score, you get an amusing ‘duck’ animation.
The gameplay is average, and is marred by some dodgy collision detection. You can be quite a few pixels away from an object for it to count as a collision, which can be quite frustrating. It is OK when you start to learn where the game thinks the edges are, but this shouldnt really be an issue. Aside from that it plays quite well.
One thing I like about the game are the wealth of options and content. Unusually for a game of this type there are different levels, each with their own unique obstacles and musical theme, as well as online turn based play, online leaderboards and differing game modes. You can even customise your profile picture and post your in-game achievements online.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
– Leaderboards – Keep track of total runs, highest score, your average and how many 100s and 50s you score and how you compare
– Single or Multiplayer – Play against yourself or compete against family and friends using Tappy’s Multiplayer. You can play several games at once and play in your own time when it’s convenient for you
– Multiple Worlds – Choose between different worlds and different obstacles to play the Gully Cricket, Backyard Cricket or Beach Cricket
– Customizable profile – Make Tappy Cricket your own by creating your own player profile and avatar.
– Share your achievements – Post your achievements online in your social networks
It is such a shame that the collision detection isn’t better: hopefully this is something the developer is actively working on. The padding is here, they just need to perfect the gameplay. The graphics are fair, although I would like some animation on the objects you come across, as the animation on the main character is decent.
Overall, you are getting a lot of content for an ad-supported game. The online play, leaderboards, multiple levels and modes all deserve praise, as does the soundtrack which has the feel of a classic arcade machine. Once the collision detection is sorted out, this will be a great Flappy Bird clone, but until then it only comes with a lukewarm recommendation.