Many different entities have been pitted against aliens in popular culture over the years: zombies, robots, cowboys, predators, and now rabbits. Aliens have arrived, and their target is carrots. Not willing to sit idly by, one rabbit decides to stand up and fight, using only his ability to fly and a magic marker. Yep, this one is not a clone.
Carrot War uses the magic marker as its primary mechanic. The most basic enemies are aliens surrounded by stars, and your task is to draw a line connecting those stars in order to vanquish the aliens. Doing so depletes your marker’s ink, but it refills quickly after each use. Later enemies require different tactics, from bouncing their bullets back at them to crashing them into each other.
We’ve got you surrounded.
The controls are entirely touch-based, without any accelerometer or buttons. To move your flying rabbit, you have to drag it across the screen, and to use the marker you simply have to move your finger around on the screen. This occasionally causes confusion for the game, which shows when you unintentionally move your rabbit directly into an enemy.
The game throws many various aliens at your rabbit. While some are very frustrating to deal with, our main concern was with the size of the enemies. Many are almost too large for the playing screen, giving you a very small space from which to defeat them. This adds to the challenge, but it also feels as though the game simply needs a bigger screen. It gets even worse when the game fills the screen with baddies, and you resort to scribbling wildly, abandoning hope. The strange part? Scribbling sometimes works better than tactical drawing.
Rabbits and aliens, however, are a surprisingly excellent pairing, especially in a game of such visual polish and smooth animation. We found ourselves not having to repeat many levels, but the reward of stars and being called “cool” or “godlike” gives some replay value to the game. Overall, we liked Carrot War’s innovation and polish, and any arcade fans will be able to see past the shortcomings pretty easily.