Publisher: Digital Prunes
Slingshot Safari is surprisingly fun. In fact, it’s really wonderful and I guarantee would be a huge hit with any kids you have. The colors, the animals and even the sound and music are all of the highest quality. I say surprising because of the mechanics of its gameplay is completely based upon pulling back a slingshot and shooting some prey (don’t worry, no blood and no real animals killed). However, due to the diversity and settings, this simple gameplay never gets boring. In fact, the main problem with Slingshot Safari is that it ends too soon.
The game’s menu gives you 2 options; Safari and Freeplay. In Safari mode you are able to choose whether you would like to play on the beginner or expert level. Following your choice, you are lead through a series of landscapers across the world. The common denominator is that you will be shooting your slingshot at animals. The unique thing is that each landscape is incredibly colorful and distinct. The animals themselves also vary depending on whether you are in the desert or the jungle.
Unfortunately the Safari mode ends all too quickly. I was able to beat it on the beginner level in just about 25 minutes. Dispersed throughout the 10 levels are bonus levels that will show animals charging you directly on? The final level, the 11th, has you last as long as you can while fighting off an oncoming infinite hoard of elephants and buffalo. While the Safari mode does end quickly, the Freeplay mode adds a bit more to the gameplay. Freeplay allows you to choose any level you would like and try and beat your highest scores. Fortunately this competitiveness is not just limited to your local device. Slingshot Safari has full Plus+ social network integration and allows you to compare your scores to players around the world.
The animal sounds, music and graphics all come together in a nice package. The colors literally burst forth on my iPhone 4’s Retina display. This game is definitely worth the price of its $2.99 admission if you have kids or just like non-traditional shooting games like Bowmaster. And if it ever drops to under 2 bucks, I would recommend it to anyone with hands.