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Poppi (iPhone)

Review by Tom Grimes, July 23, 2009

iPhone integration (About)
  • Save state: Yes
  • iPod music: Yes
  • Status bar: No

Poppi is a mixture between a relaxing, music making application, like Bloom, and an addicting game of quick reflexes. This is an interesting mixture but the developer has managed to make the two fit perfectly together. PomPom Games have developed many games on the PS3 and Xbox 360 before and we think that Poppi is an excellent start for them on the iPhone.

The aim in Poppi is simple; you have to match the shapes which fall from the top of the screen before they hit the bottom. You do this by tapping the screen which causes small explosions. If you create these explosions near the shapes it will cause them to bump into each other and clear them from the screen in a burst of stars. You get 10 points for each of the shapes you clear and 5 points every time you bump a shape into the side of the screen or into a different shape. Any shapes that are left at the end of the level turn into bonuses which are worth 20 points. The game saves your best score in the game but there isn't any local or online highscore boards at the moment.

As you get further into the game the levels get harder and more challenging objects are thrown in. For example, mines are set off when another shape touches them and you lose a life, like you would if a shape touches the bottom of the screen - and bombs are set off if you tap on them or they are too near to your explosion. These extra objects are good and give an extra challenge in the game, although they take a while to get used to and you have to remember to be very careful near the mines.

The beauty of Poppi is in its relaxing atmosphere. As you match shapes they give out different ambient noises which, in a way, make up the games own soundtrack. The game also has a slow moving and colour changing background which is pretty trippy and really adds to the atmosphere. The graphics of Poppi are very simplistic but go with the game extremely well. The whole game runs very smoothly and the animations look amazing. We have had no problems at all with the games' framerate.

The only problems we have with Poppi is the lack of a local and online highscore boards and checkpoints. When you lose all of your three lives you have to start the whole game again which can get repetitive after a while, so if checkpoints were added into the game it would be a big improvement. The game can also be frustrating at times but this is partly counteracted by its surreal atmosphere. We have come across games with the same mood as Poppi before, like Zen Bound, but unlike most other games; Poppi delivers frantic, addicting game play.

Grade: B, Great

A relaxing and addicting game of reflexes that is well worth 59p.

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