Polar Hop is a new game for Android that combines the one-touch gameplay of Flappy Bird and the like with other titles like Doodle Jump and offers an entertaining, yet casual platforming game that's suitable for all ages. Developed by a small group of young developers out of Orlando, Polar Hop offers a survival mode that's never ending for those looking for more of a challenge as well as a story mode for younger or more casual players looking to gradually get into the game. Designed as a fun, and simple to play game that's entertaining without having too much to think about, Polar Hop could be the replacement you've been looking for to fill that gap left by Angry Birds and Flappy Bird. Read on to see if that's the case or not.
To try out the game for yourself, it's just a short download from the Play Store, and then you can either choose survival or story mode.
It's best to start off in Story Mode if you're new to the game, as this will gradually introduce into how to play the game, and also prepare you for the more difficult levels, too.
You're given little pointers when you get started, but really gameplay is pretty simple, and all you need to do is tap and tilt. The three-hop limit is an interesting one and it does introduce a tiny piece of strategy into an otherwise simplistic game.
You'll come across powerups and bonus points like the green fish in the shot above, and when you start a level, you can choose from a set of boosters to help you complete levels.
If you fall from too high a drop or slip off of a cracked platform and fail to land on another, you'll fail the level and give our Penguin friend a serious headache.
Story mode progresses level-by-level, across a sort of ice world and you can see the progress above each previous level that you've completed.
That's pretty much all there is to Polar Hop, it's a simple and fun casual platformer game that doesn't ask too much from the user and there's little reason not to try it out, even if it is a little rough around the edges.
All-in-all, I found that Polar Hop is a pretty solid game. As in, there were no glaring errors and all of the bases were covered. This might be a new game created by a few new developers, but it has everything you'd expect it to and while there is definitely some room for improvement, with extra graphic assets and that sort of thing in short supply, the game runs well and it's fairly good fun. It's certainly a mix of Flappy Bird and Doodle Jump, but the developers aren't shy about that fact and at least this means that Polar Hop is easy to play in one hand and a nice, fun way of passing a little time here and there. The survival mode was more to my liking, reminding me of classic games that were genuinely difficult and I enjoyed the idea of beating my last best score each time I play. The Story mode is good, too but it does start off a little too easy for my taste. For younger players though, it's a great introduction and children won't become frustrated or disgruntled too quickly.
- Speed (4/5) - Polar Hop runs well and there were no issues with performance on my devices.
- Features (4/5) - This isn't anything revolutionary, and that's okay. Instead, it's a fun and casual platformer game that's just fun to play around with.
- Theme (3.5/5) - There is room for improvement here, as I feel the world view could be more detailed, and some extra sound effects would be nice to hear.
- Overall (4/5) - We have to remember that this is a new game, and one developed by some students at that, as such, it's easy to see there's room for improvement but the core game is up and running nicely and it's simple, yet fun to play.
- Good game for both adults and kids as the survival mode is challenging for casual adult players and the story mode is cute, fun and gradually more difficult as they keep on playing.
- Asks very little from the player, there's few ads that appear, in-app purchases are completely optional and the little pointers are helpful, yet not distracting.
- For a new game, this runs well, and has all of the right boxes ticked while also being a lightweight game for lower-end hardware as well.
- No need to spend money on the game if you don't want to, and even so the in-app purchases are affordable from the get-go.
- A more detailed world view and more sound effects would be nice.
- Story mode does start of a little too easy for my taste, and it takes some time to get more difficult.
For a game that's free, builds on simple mechanics and doesn't throw up ads in your face when you play, Polar Hop is actually a refreshing game that people will learn to love after even a little bit of gameplay. It might not be the most original title out there, but it's fun, easy to play and it's a nice casual title for those not looking for anything more than a little bit of fun. I do wish that there were some more sound effects and such, but there's not much else to complain about and over time I can see this getting better and better.