PlicPlic (universal) by Nathan Malville is a charming little endless game, starring an umbrella who is floating to the sky. This game might not have the customization or action of similar titles, but its personality and gameplay are quite unique and entertaining.
The inspiration for the game appears to be a French children’s book of the same name – unfortunately, I don’t speak French, so my abilities to investigate this claim are mediocre. Nonetheless, PlicPlic is the simple story of a cute little umbrella trying to brave the elements while traveling higher and higher, collecting coins along the way.
Like any endless title, PlicPlic rests its laurels on its gameplay: without a story or other modes to play, the whole goal of the game is to rack up a score multiplier by completing various objectives, and collecting enough coins to purchase upgrades throughout. The upgrades are the typical brand, making the umbrella stronger and faster after extended playthroughs with lots of coin hunting.
What makes PlicPlic an above average title are the great controls. The left and right sides of the screen are a pair of virtual buttons that control the brim of a player’s umbrella. Holding one side will cause a dramatic dip to the bottom, where stars await to give players a speed boost as they climb. The risk/reward of this challenge is really fantastic, and the feeling of the umbrella dipping and shooting upward are really fun moments.
At times, I did wish there was a little more to PlicPlic than its single progressive world, which never really escapes its green and blue color scheme to introduce anything interesting visually. The art in the game is fantastic, and it runs at a fantastic frame rate, but some more variety to its landscapes – plus the ability to change the look of the little yellow umbrella – would help the runs from feeling repetitive after a few times through.
A lot of endless games this year have been filled with lots of fast-paced action and animated graphics, and the relaxing change of pace PlicPlic provides make it an enjoyable departure from the adrenaline-fueled norm in the App Store. PlicPlic is a great purchase for any endless fan, and the casual gamer who can’t always keep up with the
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