Platform: iPhone/ / Android
Developer: Redlynx Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Platformer Platform Played: Android
We recently informed you that Nutty Fluffies is now free for all iPhone and Android users. Hot on the heels of that announcement, we felt it was only appropriate to provide you with a review of the game to give you an idea of whether or not this title is worth your time to download.
The goal in Nutty Fluffies is very straight forward: build and complete all of the roller coasters. The game itself is split up into different levels with numerous stages inside each of those levels. In order to build the next roller coaster, you need to possess a certain number of coins, obtained by playing already unlocked stages and collecting hearts throughout your ride. The stages increase in difficulty as you progress further into the game, and you begin to accumulate various different types of riders you can place in the seats before you play each stage. The riders consist of a mouse, cat, dog, pig, and elephant, with all of them having different abilities. The only rider which is free to use is the mouse, with each of the others costing coins to place in the seats before you start a stage. You receive bonus hearts for every rider left in their seat at the end of the stage, and depending on which riders you’re using, you may receive bonus hearts every time your carts catch air, hit bumps, or go down slopes. For obvious reasons, you receive higher bonuses for the more expensive riders.
Using your finger(s) to control the carts, Redlynx utilizes their experience with physics in games to increase the challenge of the stages. As the roller coasters become increasingly complex and your line of carts gets longer, that experience really begins to show. The kind of tight mechanics people know and love from the Trials games are present in Nutty Fluffies and while you’ll never experience the kind of frustration you do while attempting an Extreme track in Trials HD, the last few levels will definitely take a few attempts to master.
You may find while you’re playing that you’re not accumulating coins as quickly as you would like, especially while trying to load up your carts with the more expensive and rewarding riders, so there are also a couple of options for using your own money to buy in-game coins. If you don’t want to pay for coins, you can also download other games and receive coins. These prompts will show up once you finish playing a stage, and there will be small ads in the bottom right corner as you’ve likely become accustomed to if you’re a big player of free mobile games. If these small things ruin a game for you, then you’ll likely get sick of the game after 20 minutes, but if you don’t mind them then you’ll find yourself enjoying this game more and more as you progress through the title.
There are bonus levels you can play through as well, but the four primary levels and all of their subsequent stages may take you 2-6 hours to complete depending on how good you are at collecting hearts and coins. The game doesn’t require much time to set up and a single run through a stage takes 30 seconds or less so it’s definitely a game that you can play in a spare moment whether you’re on a bus, in a waiting room, on a break at work, or waiting for someone to get ready. The little noises that come from the animals do get repetitive and a little annoying after a while, but fortunately you can turn off the sound. You can only stand listening to a mouse squeak so many times before you want to snap the phone you’re holding in your hands.
At first I wasn’t completely sold on Nutty Fluffies, whether due to the fact that I’m not a handheld or mobile gamer, a casual gamer, or because the lack of squirrels in a Redlynx game startled me. However, the more I played the game, the more I found myself enjoying the game. Is it a game I could play endlessly for hours? No, but it’s definitely a game that’s fun to pick up and kill short periods of time with, which is likely what you’re looking to do if you’re getting games for your phone. The controls and physics are just what you’d expect from Redlynx and it makes Nutty Fluffies stand out from the rest of the games you can find online or in the app store with similar styles. While this won’t be a game you’ll be dumping 20+ hours into, it’s a free game and the quality is there.
- Easy to pick up and play for short periods of time
- Great physics
- Free to download and play
- Repetitive audio
- Fairly short game
- Frequent ads
Eric is an editor for Analog Addiction where you can find all the latest gaming news, previews, reviews, and everything else that rhymes with those words. ‘Like’ Analog Addiction on Facebook to receive all of the updates as they’re posted.