Wreck-It Ralph Review

Wreck-It Ralph is a movie about a video game character who, among other things, travels across different video games. As such, it only makes sense then that a video game version of Wreck-It Ralph do something similar, and that’s what Disney has delivered.

Wreck-It Ralph on the App Store delivers three solid, unique video game experiences: a classic 8-bit arcade-style Fix-It Felix, Jr., an iOS-style endless climbing game called Sweet Climber, and a multidirectional run-and-gun shooter Hero’s Duty.

Before you can play the new stuff, you need to know your roots, which means you have to play Fix-It Felix, Jr. before you can play the rest. For the overall gist of this game, we defer you to our review of the free-to-play version, but note that the two are not exactly the same. In fact, this is probably the Fix-It Felix, Jr. experience people are actually looking for.

“Not even I can fix your anger issues, Ralph.”

The controls in this are better, and the game overall feels easier to start, with a growing difficulty curve as you progress. It’s still not exactly like the online version and there are still no voices, but at least they did add the scene from the movie where a triumphant Felix stands on the roof of the apartment while its tenants give Ralph the ol’ heave-ho over the side and watch him go crashing down below. The only serious gripe we have with it is the fact that the time limit expiring is still an instant game over, regardless of the lives you have left.

Sweet Climber is perhaps the most drastic divergence from the source material of the three; rather than a cart-racing game like Sugar Rush, Sweet Climber is an endless climbing game, much like Doodle Jump or Sonic Jump. It’s good, but not really outstanding. As Ralph, you bounce from one candy cane tree-branch to the next by tilting the device left or right, collecting candy for points all the while. Certain branches break and certain platforms help you ascend higher, but not necessarily more safely, as one springboard bounced us quite high, but not enough to make it to another branch. We fell, and there’s a one-life limit here, so it was game over.

The third and perhaps final game (more on that in a moment) in the lineup is Hero’s Duty. Rather than the first-person shooter featured in the movie (and on the website), this version of the game is a top-down multidirectional shooter in the vein of Smash TV or Total Carnage.

“I’M GONNA HUG IT!”

You use the left ‘stick’ to move Sergeant Calhoun, while the right one is used to fire in any direction, though changing the direction of either can feel a bit sticky. Wave after wave of Cy-Bugs come after you on each level, but you can pick up some cool weapons to use, including a three-way blaster and a spread gun, which fires off a rain of exploding shells.

These are the three games available, and while not especially deep, they are solid and fun to play, providing a mix of classic and contemporary gaming. Each is score-based with leader boards to compete against friends and others online for the top rank. What’s more, it appears that there may be one other game to come later, though any attempts to learn more find you shooed away by who we presume to be the game’s lead character.

And speaking of lead characters, one other added feature is a signature sound-byte from each of the lead characters, adding a bit of extra charm and helping cement this as a solid purchase for fans of the movie.

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