Sugar is the best thing in the world, makes everything taste a lot better and faker. It’s no wonder why developer Bulkypix made a game with a Sugar Kid being the main protagonist. Is it a sweet game or will you get sick from it?
The story is simple, Sugar Kid took over Mr. Lemon’s throne and is now the ruler of his world. Mr.Lemon is sour about this and decides to take his revenge on Sugar Kid. Mr.Lemon wants what’s his and put Sugar Kid in a machine filled with water to dissolve the little guy. Help Sugar Kid survive.
You actually don’t control Sugar Kid but instead control the direction in which the fluid that comes from the pipes go by directing it. Sugar Kid will run back and forth at the bottom of the screen like–well, like a kid on sugar and it is your job to make him avoid the fluid.If the fluid hits him he will take damage. But in a very, surprisingly gory way, blood will splatter against the walls and chunks of Sugar Kid will dissolve…again like sugar when it meet fluid. This game is so clever.
You control the fluid by drawing lines across the screen in any direction you please aiming at the balls, you can direct the fluid to bubbles to burst them. The main goal is to fill up the gauge on the side by having the fluid land on the floor and not on Sugar Kid. Along the way you can gather power ups like an umbrella or turning the lines into concrete (so they last longer). Also to give you some control; you can make Sugar Kid stop in place momentarily by tapping him or even make lines disappear with the simple tap.
There are many modes to play and many levels, all bite-sized chunks of entertainment. The main game involves levels that will give you different objectives, like survival, fill the grid and burst bubbles. These are all nicely varied and make the anxiety happen. The other mode is survival in which you go through, what is essentially, waves of levels and try to survive as long as you can. I survived up to level 16 and the game really showed it. Backgrounds animate and move, levels get overwhelming with many pipes and many little nuisances like blocking of the screen and the speed of which Sugar Kid runs back and forth increases. It all adds up to one fantastic experience.
Oh and remember how I mentioned the game is gory? Well it is. Sugar Kid will literally crawl across the floor with only an arm remaining. You can collect hearts that appear in the game that will revive sugar kid but if you want to be a real jerk…Sweetality.
Sugar kid is a core example of how to make a casual iOS game. It’s fun, bright, silly and not afraid to take a chance. If you don’t want gore the option is there to turn it off. The music is fantastic and the visuals aren’t stunning but great for this type of game. The controls are the most important part of any iOS game and Sugar Kid implemented it very well. Not once did the game not recognize a line and if I did screw up I could delete it in an instant. If you want a fast-paced, challenging but rewarding title that allows you to unlock new costumes as you play along and allows you to challenge your friends. You must get Sugar Kid. It’s pretty sweet title.
We received a review code for Sugar Kid. All opinions are honest and of the minds of Paranerds.com staff.