New App A Day: WackyLands Boss

Today’s featured app fits right in with the horde of Halloween titles that has invaded the App Store these past few weeks. WackyLands Boss is a game where you play as the big bad monster who goes around destroying villages and slaughtering the chivalrous knights that try to stop you. What could be more fun than that?

This isn’t the first play-as-the-bad-guy game, but the concept is so underused that it feels very fresh in WackyLands Boss. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the game is filled with thoughtful and creative touches that would separate it from the crowd even without the monster concept.

WackyLands Boss is basically a side-scrolling beat-’em-up with RPG elements. To start, you name and design your boss in a process that’s very similar to creating a Wii or Xbox Live avatar. You choose what eyes, mouth, and body type your beast should have, then equip him or her with items you can purchase. For instance, we gave ours a karate headband and a toga. Many items and features require you to reach a certain level before they become available.

Once you’ve created your boss, you get to dive in and start killing people. Waves of knights and archers come at you, so you need to fend them off using an arsenal of attacks that grows as you progress. Creative touches are everywhere: You eat princesses to recover health, and you can pick up and roll cows at your enemies. At the end of each level you fight a boss that’s just as epically-proportioned as you are.

The tap- and swipe-based controls are solid, and the production values are high. The game is beautifully animated, with colorful art and plenty of visual charm. You’ll even unlock minigames as you play. So far we’re really enjoying WackyLands Boss and can recommend it to just about anybody who’s tired of playing the good guy.