The reality of the world we live in today is one of complexity. The world has progressed so much that the complexity of things like our everyday technology or infrastructure seems elementary to us. In fact, it is quite hard for anyone these days to fathom a world without these luxuries, let alone the world at its conception.
In Doodle God HD, that simple world is at your disposal. Creation is at your finger tips, and it is you who crafts the world as you know it. Read more about the crazy world of Doodle God HD right after the jump.
Beginning with Basics
Your sandbox begins with the four most basic elements: earth, water, air, and fire. From these four elements, it is your job to create a world full of invention and life through careful reactions between two elements.
To perform a reaction, simply tap on one of the groups on each side of the storybook; you may use the same group on both sides, as elements from the same group — sometimes even the same element — may react with each other. From there, you select one element from each side. If the two elements you chose react, they will swirl together and create a new element. If they don’t react, they simply snap out of the little wiggle animation.
In the Main Game, the goal is to discover all 248 elements that can be reacted from a total of 26 different element groups. The Main Game is split up into four different episodes, which serve as benchmarks for progress in the game. Despite the amount of elements available to be reacted, the game does get very challenging very quickly and reaching that next benchmark does become a task. However, the Main Game isn’t excessively difficult in the least bit, and the challenge gives reason to return to the game.
Getting Creative Juices Flowing
Besides from the base game, Doodle God HD comes loaded with the Quests and Puzzles game modes, which bring a twist to the basic gameplay.
The Quests game mode offers a few shorter, more creative puzzles. Each of the quests has its own theme, such as Christmas or the greatest inventions of the 20th century. Many of the elements created in quests are not seen in the Main Game, which offers fresh gameplay as you are now creating elements you have never seen before.
I myself really enjoy the quests, as they are simple and a lot of fun. They also give you incentive to make progress in the Main Game, as you may not unlock the next quest until you reach certain benchmarks in the campaign.
The Puzzles game mode is for the soul who is looking for a challenge. There are currently four puzzles; in each of the puzzles it is your job to create a certain element out of totally unrelated elements. The catch? Once you react two elements, only the element it yields exists, as the elements that the reaction was created from can’t be reused.
You may reverse a reaction; however, you will most likely find yourself having to restart the puzzles countless times until you finally find the right combinations of elements. Even after hours of play, I have been unable to beat even one of the puzzles.
Last, for the ones seeking creativity, there is an Artifacts mode. Artifacts are yielded using three different elements, which makes it very difficult to create. Just like Quests and Puzzles, Artifacts only add to the game and make it even better.
Doodle God HD is anything but an easy game. Getting stuck becomes quite easy, especially as you can’t remember which combinations of elements yield elements already created. Luckily, the developers did provide a few hints to help guide your alchemy.
Hints are available at your disposal for a cost of Mana, the in-game currency system. Granted you run out of Mana, you will either have to purchase more to buy hints via in-app purchase, or patiently wait for hints to be regenerated.
Mana and hints are also rewarded by returning to the game daily. The longer your return streak is, the larger the reward.
The simplest and cheapest hint reveals a new element that can be created from two existing elements. The next step up from that hint is one that reveals two groups of elements that can create new products. A final, expensive hint takes out all the guess work by carrying out a random reaction that yields a new element.
There are also certain hints that only last a certain period of time. For the cost of 350 Mana, you can toggle on dotted borders for elements that do not have a pair, or you can show elements that are in their final, stable state for 24 hours. For the hefty cost of 800 Mana, you can disable reactions that have already been discovered, which cuts down the amount of time it takes to find new reactions in later stages of the game.
Sightseeing: The Graphics
If I said that Doodle God HD had my favorite graphics of any iOS game, I’d be lying. Although it is not the prettiest of games, the art style truly is effective. The app is easy to navigate, which is the least you can ask from a developer.
Despite my distaste for the art style, I will say the pencil-etched art not only goes with the theme of the game itself, but looks much better than some of the other alchemy games for iOS. Plus, the amount of detail put into the art shows that the developers poured their hearts into the application which is undoubtedly admirable.
At the end of the day, Doodle God HD still remains one of my favorite games for iOS. The game has several different game modes, each of them adequately challenging and ultimately entertaining in their own right. It is very hard to get bored of the game, making it one of the games I know I can depend on when I need it. The only thing I didn’t like about it is the graphics, and even so, they are functional and make great use of the iPad’s display.
Doodle God HD costs $2.99 from the App Store, and the purchase is worth it down to the last penny. I would even consider it to be a bargain, as the world that awaits you is truly picture perfect.