Supportware, the developers of the new iPhone app Coconut Riot, have released it just in time for the premiere of the sixth season of LOST (coincidence…?). With this game app, you can have all the fun and explosions of battling on an island, without all the drama and love quadrangles. You are a native of the island Rapa Iti, struggling to destroy all the tikis on the island with special exploding coconuts.
To begin throwing tap anywhere on the screen to gain control of your coconut arm. Slide up or down to adjust the angle, and left and right to adjust the velocity; released your finger from the screen to throw the coconut. After it explodes (and hopefully a tiki with it), your arm is reloaded with the next coconut or you gain access to a harder level, where you will attempt to destroy even more tikis with more interesting obstacles in your way. Pretty much everything except the structures made of bamboo can go boom. And, the boxes with a red-eyed tiki face on them are even more helpful in that respect. Clear all the tikis in one level before you run out of coconuts to move onto the next; there are time bonuses, as well as bonuses for however many coconuts are unused in each level.
Coconut Riot is actually not much of one, to speak the truth. It’s a bit of strategizing and a bit of trial-and-error, all done with a lot of flash and little fanfare. The explosion when the coconut bomb goes off is neat and a novel concept, but most of the time you’re aiming and waiting for the fuse to run out. Be sure to turn up the tiki style background music in the settings, since the default settings are at a low volume. The physics are okay, but a little hard to get the hang of even after playing a few levels. What it does pull off well are the colorful, bright graphics that go excellently with the theme and design. Alas, repetitive gameplay elicits a push towards the free Lite version to try first, which doesn’t have all 30 levels but will clarify whether or not you’d want to spend $0.99 on the regular version.
Here is a video demo of the Coconut Riot app on the iPhone
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