There's been a trend of constant-running games hit the Play Store in the last year or so, with titles like Temple Run and others making a name for themselves. It's easy to see why, it's a simple but engaging game mechanic that keeps you on your toes. They are challenging titles but, the challenge is the game itself and not the control system, as there are very controls to learn. Most of the time it's either swipe to move left or right, or tap to jump. Can Jungle Quest make good use of this same mechanic? Read on to find out.
Description: Jungle Quest puts you in charge of a gorilla on an adventure in the jungle. You've got to avoid nasty poachers and collect as many bananas as you can. It's not just the poachers you have to look out for, either, as the Jungle itself poses a threat with obstacles that you have to jump over to avoid falling over. You can use your collected bananas to upgrade your Gorilla in a number of ways. There's a funky soundtrack underpinning your whole adventure as well!
How it Works: To get started on your own Jungle adventure, you need to head on over to the Play Store and download the game. Once you'd done that, you're ready to start jumping from tree to tree.
The control system is nice and straight forward and Jungle Quest lays them out for you:
Once in-game, all you have to do is jump out-of-the-way to stay alive:
It's not just obstacles and poaches that you need to avoid but, you also need to collect bananas as well:
At the end of each level, you get a progress report:
When you collect enough bananas you can choose an upgrade for your gorilla:
Opinion: As a big PC and Console gamer, I don't like having to wrestle with onscreen touch controls, I find them more of a chore than anything else. Which is why I quite like these always-running games as there's only really one control to remember or get used to. Jungle Quest is challenging and a good game to play through, without having finicky controls get in the way of your fun. While the ads did start to get on my nerves a little bit, they were easily managed and can be removed for a small in-app purchase of $0.99. These ads help keep Jungle Quest free to download.
- Speed (3/5) – Jungle Quest is a game that relies on speed to create a challenge for the user, and it does do that but, there are some slowdowns from time-to-time.
- Features (4/5) – It might seem that there's not a lot on offer in Jungle Quest but, the gameplay presents enough of a challenge to keep players engaged and the gameplay is certainly addictive.
- Theme (4/5) – I liked the look and feel of Jungle Quest, and the soundtrack that underpins the whole thing really added to the atmosphere very nicely.
- Overall (3.5/5) – There are a few issues with Jungle Quest but, I assume this is down to it being new on Android, overall though it's a fun game.
- Addictive gameplay that doesn't rely on finicky onscreen controls.
- Cool soundtrack that might fool into thinking you're really in the jungle.
- Collecting bananas – like coins – actually leads to something, you can upgrade your gorilla with them.
- Both enemies and the environment provide a challenge to the player.
- Ads become quite obtrusive, quite quickly.
- The game does run a little slowly at times, but I think this is down to it being new on Android.
Conclusion: Jungle Quest is not going to be a game for everyone – games like that rarely come along – but for those that are a fan of the always-running games that have been hitting the Play Store recently, it's a good choice. The graphics look fun and the soundtrack helps to create a nice mood. Overall, Jungle Quest is a good amount of fun for a free title and if you're not careful, you could become addicted.