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Sunday Lawn (iPhone Game)

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      27.10.2010 14:23
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      It is a game to test you

      If you are someone who loves to mow the lawn then this application will definitely suit you. The aim is simple to cut the grass as quickly as possible without stopping if possible.

      You begin as a small boy who has a garden lawn mower in his hands. You have to move the boy pressing directions on the Iphone or Ipod and he will go that direction. He will have rocks in his way so you need to move around there and not only that you want to try and obtain a top score.

      You get to see plenty of grass and when you have gone over the top of it the grass disappears but you want to try and create a chain of grass so you do not lose valuable points. You are given a target each level in terms of a score to reach. If you reach that particular score you advance to the next level.

      Each level has a top score they want you to aim for and this is usually quite difficult to achieve but you can given time. You might think the game sounds easy and to begin with it is until other creatures pop up.

      You have what seems hedgehogs who go round in a loop and if you hit them the level is over so you might to stop and swerve to avoid them. If you think they sound like trouble wait for the dogs to show up they are just as bad if not worse. They go in many directions but they leave behind there dog mess and if you mow over it you lose points so you need to get grass around the dogs quickly.

      Some levels require you to open gates to get through and others require you to go in a particular direction without your say so. The game is tough and to be fair there is over 30 levels but you have to watch out because the price varies all the time.

      I paid nothing as this was a promotion from Donut Games the manufacturers and usually it can retail around 59p up to 99p.

      The graphics are very good the grass is bright and the problems you might encounter are usually visible from some distance away. I would say the game play is a problem as when you try to move your boy around he sometimes stops still even when you have given a command on the game for him to move so that is a problem which perhaps would irritate people because it has done with me.

      It is a game you will enjoy and there is bonus features on the game as well but will leave that for others to discover themselves.

      I would also point out that usually with some games you get given new levels but in the last 4 months I have received none of this game and I doubt there is going to be any updates so that is another negative side.

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        23.09.2010 14:09
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        A very fun cheap iphone game

        Hi. My name is Charby, and I have an iPhone. I love my iPhone. I carry it around with me wherever I go and often hold it in my hands or press it up against my face and talk to it, often feeling as though it's talking back to me. Its sleek, black sexiness is no match for the HTC or Samsung smartphones which, no matter what anyone else says, just aren't as good as my gorgeous Apple. I've played on my boyfriend's Samsung Galaxy and seen other smart phones that belong to friends of mine and have always thought that they really lack the great apps which make owning an iPhone so much fun. Yes, each android and HTC has its own Doodle Jump style game, but none are as good as the original. It does seem that for the time being, anyway, the best app games available are definitely those found on the Apple devices, although you're free to disagree with me if you so wish.

        Anyway, ever since I got my phone there's always been at least one game that I've found it hard to drag myself away from. For a while it was Flight Control and then the Moron Test (both of which I've reviewed, incidentally) but for the past couple of weeks Sunday Lawn has captured my attention. This is a game that I downloaded very soon after buying the phone, mainly since it was free at the time (but is now 59p, I believe), as I thought that if I didn't like it I could just delete without wasting any of my hard earned cash. After all, I would have been unlikely to download a game that was about lawn mowing if I'd had to pay for it, as I never expected that it would be as enjoyable and addictive as I have found it recently.
        In this game you play a man armed only with a beard and a lawn mower, whose task it is to cut grass, essentially. The format of the game is a series of forty levels, with each being unlocked once you have completed the previous one. The game starts off fairly easily with small, empty lawns requiring your attention, but as things progress you find yourself having to negotiate hedgehogs, dogs (and their poo) as well as open and close gates in order to get your job done. If you hit any animal then your break your machine and must restart the level and so once the gardens have a high hedgehog population, the game becomes much more difficult. You get more points for cutting grass continuously without having to double back on yourself, with having long uninterrupted trains being important if you want to get high scores. Beside each level on the list you are given between 1 and 3 stars depending on how many points you scored in that garden, with the number you need to get to obtain 2 or 3 stars stated under each one. This adds a great deal more longevity to the game as even once you've unlocked and completed all 40 levels, you can still go back and try to get all 3 stars for each of them, which can be tricky.

        As with most simple games, it's hard to describe the appeal of Sunday Lawn or why I enjoy it so much. It's simple in practice as well as in theory though is not merely a mindless timewaster, and often requires a bit of thought if you are to cut large areas all in one go while avoiding animals and getting lost. There were quite a few levels that I had to attempt repeatedly before being able to complete them or get a high score, but since each level only takes a couple of minutes or so to complete, I wasn't sitting for hours trying to get three stars on everything. It's a great game to pick up while waiting somewhere for a few minutes or watching something mindless on TV, as it can be put away at a moment's notice without you feeling like you were closing it in the middle of something important. If you get really into it, though, you equally could play it for hours on end as there are many levels for you to get sucked into.
        As well as the main game, which is found under the title of 'Challenges' under the game mode menu, there is also an 'Arcade Play' option and a bonus game called 'Sweet Dreams'. The Arcade mode involves you playing through several new levels in a row to see how high a score you can get, and your score is listed in a scoreboard so you can see how well you did. As far as I can tell, though, the scoreboard only compares your results so you can't compete with other people unless they're also playing on your phone. The Sweet Dreams game is nothing like the other two modes, and consists of you making sheep jump over fences in a dream that our hero is having, supposedly after a hard day of mowing lawns. The game is over once a sheep crashes into a fence, which happens quite quickly as it is a deceptively difficult game. I can't say that it's particularly thrilling but it's not at all bad and is a nice little extra once you've tired of the main Sunday Lawn game.

        The graphics are nothing to write home about but are attractive enough and serve their purpose and in fact are better than that of many iPhone games. I always play the game with the sound off as I like to listen to my own music or while the TV's on, but the music is suitably cartoony and cheery if a little annoying if you do want to listen to it while playing.
        In conclusion, Sunday Lawn is a pleasant little game which I happily would have paid 59p for if I knew how much I'd enjoy it and if it hadn't been free when I got my hands on it. Since 59p is such a small price to pay for a game that could give you hours of entertainment (or at least many minutes here and there), and it's a bargain compared to games for handheld consoles such as the Nintendo DS, which often aren't much better than this game is, I would highly recommend it if you have an iPhone to play it on. I really enjoyed playing it and would say that it is well worth the 59p.

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