As far as cuteness goes, Hungry Age has got it down. Basically humans are on their way out and dinos are making a comeback and it’s up to you to fend them off as they attempt to steal your meat. Adding to the cuteness of this tower defense game is that it combines a touch of Pet Sim with a pinch of gambling.
As you (a cave boy) fight off meat stealing, charging dinosaurs you’ll try to stop them by tapping on the screen to throw a variety of ammo at them. The power of your shots are also determined by the timing of your presses–be careful that you don’t carelessly tap on the screen. This defense system works well and by far offers some of the more intense TD experiences that I’ve had in awhile. Over the course of the early stages you’ll also be provided with a scale of new defenses such as a meteor attack that’ll wipeout a mass of dinos to even flinging mud (or at least I pray that it’s “mud” that your flinging) in their eyes to slow them down. If this doesn’t sound cool enough, there is a variety of different goals for each level that greatly enhances the overall experience.
The Pet Sim, gambling, and social aspect mesh together for the rest of what’s found in Hungry Age. During the opening level you’ll be rewarded with a dino egg and you get to raise and level it up as your own. You can spruce up the dino’s living quarters, play dino dress up, and set your dino out to battle in the PvP (Player vs Player) arena.You can even gamble on the fights if you wish.
Needs friends to fight? No problem. Sure there’s FaceBook integration but you can also find new people by accessing the game’s World Map that shows you players that are located close by! Pretty nifty huh?
Ready for all this goodness to get derailed? As much as I want to love Hungry Age, it has some major flaws. If a game crashing 50% of the time it’s opened up is a game stopper for you, well that’s the least of your worries with Hungry Age. Signing up an account causes a huge graphic glitch that has a unremovable black bar fill up about an inch (this scale is on the iPad) that pushes up the screen and leaves the game literally unplayable. Next I discovered that all my game progress was being deleted over and over (this happened 4 or more times). Or how about almost always having to play the opening level over and over (yes more “over and over”) whenever I opened up the game? These are major issues as well as being frustrating and annoying. The last issue is that I would love to review the Arena portion but I’m unable to try it out. One reason is because I never leveled up my dino to level 9 (I’m sure I would have if I didn’t have my progress continue to be deleted). The other reason is that I was never able to place a bet due to never being able to successfully connect to the arena. After getting “Oops! Sorry the Arena is too Busy now” for three days in a row I’m giving up.
The Bottom Line: *Not Rated
Behind Hungry Age’s significant amount of glitches hides a fantastic game. In its current stage it’s very hard to recommend.
Note: Hungry Age is currently free (normally $4.99) so why not grab it now and wait to play it if a patch is released and resolves all/most of its issues.
* I decided to not score Hungry Age due to all the glitches that would drastically drag the score down from its potential.