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Review: Flappy T-Rex

Written by
Umer
  • 3 years ago

Recently I wrote an article on the nifty Google Chrome’s Endless Runner game, that would let users have some fun while on the otherwise dreaded “Unable to connect to the Internet” page. In my opinion, disguising the offline mode page with a game was a really nice way to provide some solace to unhappy surfers. I think of it as the “when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade!” approach. You might be wondering why then are we discussing Google’s T-Rex runner again having already written about it? Well, because there is an update! Though not an official one, the brains at Skipser Labs have taken the concept on a whole new level and device.

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You can now download the endless runner dubbed Flappy T-Rex on your android phones and keep playing to your heart’s desire. Internet or no Internet, Flappy T-Rex is just a tap away.

Deep inside, it is a HTML5+Javascript based game that runs in a webview (small browser component available for android apps). It interacts with android code using Javascript Interfaces to provide controls and keep track of scores and performance. Solid proof that web developers too can develop cool android games.
 Indeed!

Improving upon the game’s in-browser user experience, the developers have added a few more obstacles, achievement unlocks and have fine tuned the in-game speed dynamics. Overall, these tweaks make the game more challenging and playable. Flappy T-Rex running on the latest hardware looks quite amazing since it brings some nostalgia of the 8-bit retro games most of us have grown up playing. Delving in you might find yourself head to head with snakes, scarecrows, zombies, sea warriors or stumble on rocks, get blasted by fire, pricked by cactuses and if all else fails, get challenged by Batman himself! Gamers might be able to jump over the aforementioned hazards but they also need to keep a lookout above since bats, helicopters, UFOs, Owls and Superman are ready to finish you off. Players are rewarded extra points whenever they are able to successfully maneuver T-Rex to safety. The spoils can then be shared on Google+, Facebook or Twitter to showoff your skills.

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The best thing perhaps about this game is the comfort and ease with which you can play. Unlike most games that would make you flip through splash screens and instructions, Flappy T-Rex gets straight down to business. This I believe is an important deciding factor when you are rummaging for a game to play when under a time constraint. On a short bus / subway ride, who would want to wait for a game to load, update and then take you through all the feature additions? Important to note here is that Flappy T-Rex does not require internet access to play given that games these days is that they require constant access to data to play as they connect to various servers to sync files.

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See Flappy T-Rex in action below:

Download from Google Play Store:  Flappy T-Rex

 

Recently I wrote an article on the nifty Google Chrome's Endless Runner game, that would let users have some fun while on the otherwise dreaded "Unable to connect to the Internet" page. In my opinion, disguising the offline mode page with a game was a really nice way to provide some solace to unhappy surfers. I think of it as the "when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade!" approach. You might be wondering why then are we discussing Google's T-Rex runner again having already written about it? Well, because there is an update! Though not an official one, the brains at Skipser Labs have taken the concept on a whole new level and device. You can now download the endless runner dubbed Flappy T-Rex on your android phones and keep playing to your heart's desire. Internet or no Internet, Flappy T-Rex is just a tap away.
Deep inside, it is a HTML5+Javascript based game that runs in a webview (small browser component available for android apps). It interacts with android code using Javascript Interfaces to provide controls and keep track of scores and performance. Solid proof that web developers too can develop cool android games.
 Indeed! Improving upon the game's in-browser user experience, the developers have added a few more obstacles, achievement unlocks and have fine tuned the in-game speed dynamics. Overall, these tweaks make the game more challenging and playable. Flappy T-Rex running on the latest hardware looks quite amazing since it brings some nostalgia of the 8-bit retro games most of us have grown up playing. Delving in you might find yourself head to head with snakes, scarecrows, zombies, sea warriors or stumble on rocks, get blasted by fire, pricked by cactuses and if all else fails, get challenged by Batman himself! Gamers might be able to jump over the aforementioned hazards but they also need to keep a lookout above since bats, helicopters, UFOs, Owls and Superman are ready to finish you off. Players are rewarded extra points whenever they are able to successfully maneuver T-Rex to safety. The spoils can then be shared on Google+, Facebook or Twitter to showoff your skills. The best thing perhaps about this game is the comfort and ease with which you can play. Unlike most games that would make you flip through splash screens and instructions, Flappy T-Rex gets straight down to business. This I believe is an important deciding factor when you are rummaging for a game to play when under a time constraint. On a short bus / subway ride, who would want to wait for a game to load, update and then take you through all the feature additions? Important to note here is that Flappy T-Rex does not require internet access to play given that games these days is that they require constant access to data to play as they connect to various servers to sync files. See Flappy T-Rex in action below:
Download from Google Play Store:  Flappy T-Rex  

Geek N Tech Rating

Layout / Functionality - 8.6
Graphics - 7.5
Sound - 6.5
Storyline / Challenge - 6.8
Game Features - 7.4
Playability / Replayability - 9.5
Value ($) - 8.5

7.8

An interesting port brought from the Chrome browser to Android devices using web technologies. Innovative, Simple and Fun!

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