Go Back in Time With Family Guy Time Warped HD

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Every so often I get the urge to play an older game on my iPad. These games are usually at least a year old, likely discontinued by their developers or forgotten about entirely. Why do I do this? Because not only are the games cheap, but they can be quite fun.

After getting hooked on The Simpsons: Tapped Out, I decided to look for another cartoon themed game, and that’s when I found Family Guy Time Warped HD. Last updated in January of 2011, this game is pre-Retina display, and doesn’t take advantage of any of the strengths found in the new iPad. But is it still fun to play? Let’s find out after the jump.

What The Deuce?

The story here is pretty simple. Stewie, from the popular TV show The Family Guy, discovers that his parents wanted to give him up for adoption when he was born. He decides to rebuild his time machine and travel back in time to make Lois put him up for adoption, thus ridding him of that “vile woman” forever.

Yes, Rupert. Soon.

Yes, Rupert. Soon.

After a brief tutorial (which involves Peter and a pair of plungers), you get back to the house. Brian gets involved, and soon the two of you are tumbling through time and running into versions of the Griffin family and their friends in different timelines. Sure, the plot is a bit loose, but that’s kind of the way these things work.

Oh, and there’s some mild adult humor in here, so you probably shouldn’t let your kids get a handle on the game, either.

Gameplay

FG:TW is your basic platformer, just like the older 2-D Super Mario Bros. or Sonic the Hedgehog games. You can walk from side to side, jump, punch, strike, etc. You have to collect items — in this case, uranium to fuel your time machine — and a few special parts, too. You keep moving right until you reach the end of the level, fight an end boss occasionally and that’s the game.

Those green things are uranium tubes. You need those.

Those green things are uranium tubes. You need those.

Each level is a distinct period in time, and your abilities will change depending on whether or not you have Brian or Stewie. For example, Brian can glide once he has on a coat, but Stewie can double jump when he gets his stealth gear on. You can also collect weapons if they’re around, including lasers and shotguns. There’s a lot of fun stuff to be found, and of course, the humor works pretty well, too.

The Controls

Often you’ll find me complaining about the controls on an iPhone or iPad game, because most of the time they suck. Not so with FG:TW. The buttons are big, and since you only have to move left and right, there’s no weird virtual joystick to control. It’s just a series of big buttons, and that works pretty well.

All of the buttons are large and easy to apply.

All of the buttons are large and easy to apply.

On the left side of the screen is a pair of arrows to indicate your forward direction. To the right are two additional buttons, with a third showing up when you’re in a special mode. You can attack and jump, and the special mode allows you to pull a big punch. Everything is easy to work, so there are no issues with missing taps while you’re in the middle of a big combo — at least not in my experience.

Graphics

Again, FG:TW is pre-new iPad, so there are no Retina display graphics or anything like that. But in playing the game, that doesn’t bother me. The characters look intentionally chunky in some respects, but other times you can’t really tell. It’s not like some games where the characters look fuzzy, that’s not really the case. It’s kind of like the game has almost Retina display quality, it’s just not quite there yet.

Nice moustache, Peter.

Nice moustache, Peter.

The only real area where it comes into play is in the cutaways. Just like the TV show, FG:TW uses cutaway videos to move along the storyline. Since these are straight out of the TV show, it’s obvious that they’re not HD. Otherwise, things don’t look so bad overall.

Final Thoughts

Yes, Family Guy Time Warped HD is an older app, and since it hasn’t been updated in a long time, even the low price can seem like a bit of a rip. But I had a lot of fun playing the game. It reminded me of my days sitting cross legged in front of an old television playing console games, and that’s a good thing. Sure, the graphics aren’t up to current standards and the story could use some work, but at the end of it all, the important thing to me is whether or not the game is fun — and it is.

If you’re a fan of The Family Guy, you owe it to yourself to buy this game. It’s only a buck, and even though it’s not perfect, it sure is worth the money.


Summary

Travel back in time with Stewie and Brian to collect the pieces needed to send you back to the present day.

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