Look out, Angry Birds. There’s a new kid in town, and his name’s Trucks and Skulls HD. The game takes the concept of Angry Birds, gives it a heavy metal makeover and turns it into a product that ultimately has more to offer than the game it drew inspiration from.
We love the the art style, it feels like and album cover for an old metal band like Iron Maiden or Dio. The backgrounds are beautifully drawn and suit the theme well. Lava pits and other details are also a nice addition while the music is guitar-driven.
In this world, birds have been replaced with monster trucks and cute little piggies are now skulls. The gameplay concept is the same, launch a truck off a catapult and have it crush skulls. Each truck has its own ability, such as splitting into three, etc. While we admit that this may sound much like Angry Birds re-skinned, this game has something we have yet to see in Angry Birds, but have wanted for some time…a level editor.
This Game has a Level Editor
That’s right. The truly awesome part of this game is the level editor. Users can create levels from scratch, or edit the game’s already-made levels to use as a starting ground. This adds plenty of replay value to the game obviously, because you can now try to build your own puzzles and share them with friends. You can email a level to a friend, and when they open the file it will load into iTunes for import to their iPad.
The game is well-made, has a great production value and is loads of fun. The level editor adds tons of replay value to Trucks and Skulls HD. This game is currently only at version one, so we are curious to see what else they can manage to pull off. Also available in this game is screencap sharing. If you grab a screenshot that looks awesome, you can share it with your friends directly through the App’s interface.
The biggest challenge this game will have is to try to convince people that it’s not just an Angry Birds clone. Yes, the gameplay is the same, but the theme and ability to share levels adds a new dimension. Furthermore, this game doesn’t offer a demo, so it may be hard to convince potential buyers to give it a test run.
It’s solid. It plays like Angry Birds, and that’s a good thing. The features it adds make it a more complete experience. If you like Angry Birds, give this a try. If you love Angry Birds, but wish it had a level editor for creating and sharing with friends, then it’s definitely worth playing this little title.
5 out of 5 – I am still playing, damn it! Definitely one of our top rated iPad games.
note: iPhone/iPod Touch version is being approved by Apple.