When starting this
seemingly adorable game based on the first picture you see, players
come to a screen where they can choose to enable OpenFeint, which
appears to connect the player to millions of other users, show
leader boards, achievements, challenges, more games, and enable chat
After choosing your OpenFeint name if you do enable it, the next
screen lets you connect OpenFeint to Twitter and Facebook. All
during the setup process, a very lovely orchestral piece loops,
creating a light atmosphere with a bit of caution thrown in.
Instructions on the next screen explain that tilting the iPod from
side to side will move one’s avatar, and the object is to avoid the
“Grumps” and to collect different smiley faces of varying point
values. After I tried the game for myself, I found it a little
difficult at first to control the avatar. The more the iPod tilts,
the faster it moves.
There are plenty of
grumps to avoid, with smiley faces sprinkled among the unhappy mess.
The background music from screen one continues to play during the
Overall, Grumps is a fun, simple little game of “avoid the falling
objects,” which can become addicting very quickly thanks to the high
score count, and one’s desire to beat that score. In addition, if
you choose to enable OpenFeint, the desire grows into wanting to
beat everyone else!
Sit back Relax, let’s play.
United States writer, Impulse Gamer