Doodle God

Gozer the Gozerian asked the Ghostbusters more than one tricky question, the trickiest one of all was, ” Are you a god?”  Sadly most of us, no wait, all of us are most certainly not gods, but we are given the chances to wield godlike powers every now and then.  Now we are able to be a god via the medium of the iPhone and all for the measly price of 59 pence, now there’s a chance you don’t get much.  Doodle God offers you the chance to mould elements together to form other elements to eventually create life and power and whatever else is feasible. The end goal is to create 140 elements but you only start with four. So how is this possible? Read on.

You start the game with only four elements available: fire, water, earth and air are all represented by colourfully drawn icons which you touch once to select.  You then touch another element to see if they can be combined to make a new element. For example, combine fire and earth and you get lava, combine fire and water and you get alcohol.  Okay, there are a great many combinations that don’t make any sense at all but they are great fun to play through.  Later in the game you will be creating cyborgs and mobile phones which of course are not elements in their own right but it’s just the quirky way the game plays out.  Initially it is really easy to make lots of progress with a wee bit of common sense seeing you through. However, it quickly starts to get a little bit tricky and you have to rely on the hints that the game gives you every few minutes.  Here you click on a glowing bulb and it brings up suggestions of things to combine, I found this to be really helpful after hitting more than one wall in my progress but it never spoils the game or takes away from your own progress.

As you keep playing you unlock more groups for elements to belong to. These start to include monsters, transport, buildings and so on until you have fifteen groups to play about with.  You are never really free to create your own elements and instead are lead down a pre-determined route of creation, which is a bit of a shame;  there is no room for ad hoc mixing which could have proved a little more longevity but that said, the day or so you’ll get from this game will feel entirely worth the asking price.  The visuals are crisp, bright and colourful and very easy to identify and navigate through. The doodle part of the title seems to be from the jotter type background.  The sounds and music are all bright and sparkly but I found myself turning them off due to the fact that they were really loud, but not necessarily annoying.  As you unlock each new element you are treated to a wee quote from a well known person in relation to the element, for example, when I discovered “sex” I was told, “Love is the same as like, except you feel sexier.”


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3 responses to “Doodle God”

  1. Susan avatar
    Susan

    Sounds like a simpler version of Scribblenauts.

  2. Martin avatar

    Nowhere near as comprehensive Susan. However I do see where you are coming from. It would be a great idea to be able to input elements of your own choosing and seeing the effects.

  3. Susan avatar
    Susan

    By simpler, I mean ridiculously simple. It sounds like it would be more fun if it was as complex as Scribblenauts.

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