Bouncing Dude is just a man trying to survive in a world filled with monsters. But he won’t let that stop him from doing what it is that he apparently always does — bounce. To call it bouncing would perhaps be inaccurate. After all, he continues to reach the same height no matter what else he is doing without a loss of energy.
Bouncing Dude is clearly magic.
Bouncing Dude is not burdened with an over abundance of complexity. You bounce. You destroy little flying monsters, or you hit them and then fall from the sky. The art is attractive, calling to mind most strongly the art work in shows like Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors. It’s simple, effective and attractive.
In fact, the aspect that detracts the most from Bouncing Dude’s simple, enjoyable aesthetic are the over abundance of advertisements. Bouncing Dude is a free to play game, available in both the Android and iOS app stores, but this is a game where free means being constantly bombarded with a call for you to play other games. In this specific case, it was the game Clash of Clans , an incredibly popular mobile game. A lot of mobile games make their bacon off of advertisements, leasing out space in their unique titles so that users can be cat called from every corner by companies like King and Sleep Outfitters. It would be naive to assume that developers could simply make free titles and give the content away without first making their money. Developers are not, after all, saints.
However, the advertising in Bouncing Dude reaches a crescendo of absurdity. Every single time you die, you are greeted with an advertisement. This is game where getting back into play is important, the kind of quick game you pick up in between subway stops or while waiting in the waiting room at the dentist. While you are given the option to simply exit the advertisement, and indeed this is very low strain, it removes you from that quick moment.
Instead of being able to focus on a graphically endearing game with a cute premise and simple mechanics, you are instead sucked into yet another commercial portal. This is a game I’d be willing to purchase for just a few dollars, if just to avoid being sold to one more time.