Chimpact (universal) by Chillingo is a physics-based vertical platformer with the standard cute protagonists and barrel of achievements to collect through its levels. And thanks to its charming visual style and delightful gameplay, it’s a title any gamer – casual or experienced, young or old – will enjoy.
Being a young monkey in a massive jungle or rain forest has to make for some awesome play time, a theory Chimpact reinforces. Through 36 levels across two modes, players control Chuck and his friends through the vines and bugs in the trees, catapulting upwards using a slingshot-style control scheme players of physics puzzlers will immediately recognize. The goal in each level is to collect as much as possible on the way home, which awaits at the end of each level.
To collect all the bananas and massive diamonds in each level, players use vines to shoot up through the trees, bouncing off walls and flying sideways through long, branch-marked corridors with somersaults and jumps. Chuck doesn’t have many clinging abilities, but he’ll always roll over to the nearest vine for players to fling him upwards towards prosperity, a full stomach, and home.
Chimpact is also quite impressive visually, with beautifully rendered foreground settings and visual effects. Every time Chuck passes some vegetation, colorful flowers bloom and butterflies and ladybugs will float across the screen. The character styles are a little bland – and feel very familiar to Donkey Kong Country designs at times – but are still cute and well-animated.
The game’s other characters are unlockable through the game’s store, which allows players to purchase consumable ‘abilities’ and alternate characters to use in the game’s two modes. The second mode, Tokem Trials, breaks up the same game levels into different mini-games, providing different challenges for players to complete. This awards more bananas to spend - though I never really found myself compelled to by anything, since nothing really had a permanent effect on Chuck’s abilities, leaving them feeling arbitrary.
With a variety of challenges and hidden secrets and gems for players to find, Chimpact is a notch above the typical puzzle-platformer. It’s easy to learn for younger players, and with its great visuals and gameplay, it’s just as enjoyable for the more experienced iOS gamer.