If you aren’t in the mood to read a full review, go ahead and download Dizzypad HD for free right now. Before you know it, you’ll have lost an hour of productivity. This freemium title is probably our favorite high-score game currently available for the iPad. In fact, in its honor we are rebranding the device LilyPad.
Dizzypad HD consists of four modes. Classic is the native version of the iPhone game and comes free of charge with the package. You also have a new high-score run mode, Sliders. Instead of lily pads spinning in place, these move back and forth across the screen. This means you need to hit a moving target, which gets challenging once the pace picks up.
One thing to note about these modes is how much the larger screen helps. The camera has been placed at just the right distance so that you can see the full expanse of your jump. On the iPhone, lily pads could be off-screen and jumping often meant taking a chance. Here, if you can see it on the screen, it is within your frog’s reach.
One small step for mankind, one giant leap for a frog.
Multiplayer mode is the most original of the bunch. Each time you load it up, a map the size of the screen is randomly generated with lily pads placed sporadically around it. The goal is simple: eat your amphibious foe by jumping on them. Hitting the water does nothing, but it stalls your progress and allows your opponent to set themselves up for the kill. After scoring three kills, you win. The only downside here is that the second player’s frog is randomly picked, but it doesn’t make much of a difference.
The last mode, Memory, is sadly lacking. This is your generic card-matching game, except with frogs. Unless you have a love for this sort of game or must unlock every last frog, this mode probably isn’t worth buying.
It’s a frog eat frog world.
Each mode comes with six frogs, with another six unlocked through alternative means like logging into the Plus+ network with other games. Each of the 30 extra skins is mapped to an achievement, and the rewards will probably keeps you playing.
The classic mode, 12 frogs, and online scoring come free of charge, which by itself is a deal not to be passed up. If you’d like to expand this package, all the other modes cost $1.99 a pop. We highly recommend jumping aboard this chance to play one of the best high-score games for the iPad.
Editor’s Note: This review only covers the content exclusive to the iPad version of this game. For the full game review, click here.