From Moonee Publishing comes Crazy Climber, a free to play game that ticks all the right boxes with both the good and bad things of the free to play market. This review is for version 2.8.0.
Simplistic to play but a little trickier to master, the aim is to get your climber to the top as quickly as possible. You do this by tapping the screen to stick the pickaxes into the cliff. Get into a rhythm and speed up to the top to complete the level.
As you progress, levels get tougher as obstacles litter the climb and timing becomes an important aspect. To vary things up every so often you’ll have to compete against other characters in a race but the rubbish AI is rarely a challenge.
Your rewards for completing levels are gems, gems that are then spent on unlocking new pickaxe skins. There are a total of nine and each new one requires more and more gems to unlock. With only a handful of gems dished out per level, there is plenty of longevity if you want to unlock all the pickaxes but it’s so tedious few will bother.
Of course, you can always watch an ad to earn more but as they come up after every level, most will have had their fill after only 5 or 10 minutes of play.
With so little to keep players coming back, it leaves Crazy Climber bare and exposed. Gameplay has to be up to scratch and the fact of the matter is that it isn’t. It is fun at first but that addictive quality that free to play games rely on just isn’t there. This is the epitome of a play for 10 minutes then delete it forever game.
The Final Score - 5/10