Ah, Perry the Platypus. How surprising you’d get your own endless 3D running game. And by “surprising” I mean “completely unsurprising.” After all, Disney’s semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action (made famous through the hit TV show Phineas and Ferb) is a popular little fellah.
It’s too bad, then, that Agent P DoofenDash is an unremarkable experience. You expect a bit more out of a game starring a fedora-wearing platypus that delivers devastating karate blows to a divorcee mad scientist.
Each round of Agent P DoofenDash begins with Perry the Platypus chasing after the evil Dr Doofenshmirtz, because that’s what a platypus does. The game doesn’t deviate far from the Temple Run formula: You swipe to change “lanes,” you swipe to turn corners, you swipe downwards to roll, and you swipe up to jump. As you run, you collect coins that go back into show-relevant power-ups.
Outside of occasional boss battles against Doofenshmirtz and hang-gliding segments, Agent P DoofenDash is nothing special. The polygon-based 3D graphics are flat and uninteresting. The lines, all delivered by the show’s main cast, aren’t particularly amusing. There is admittedly a chuckle-worthy reference here and there, like having to roll under billboards advertising the Perry the Platypus inaction figure (“It Does Nothing!”).
For the most part, however, Agent P DoofenDash exists to grab a few bucks from Phineas and Ferb fans. If you bung up a run, it costs fedoras to keep on going – and unless you break out your wallet, you’re not going to see many outside of a few freebies dished out to you. Costumes, power-ups, and other gadgets cost tons of coins to buy, likely more than you’re going to have patience to grind for.
Agent P DoofenDash has little to offer older Phineas and Ferb fans who aren’t huge into endless running games. Younger fans might enjoy it. Just make sure to turn off in-app purchases before handing the game over to an eager little platypus lover. Otherwise you may wind up with a closet full of fedoras and a huge bill. Er, an invoice. Not a duck bill.