Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 10:40 Posted by Clash Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:21
Reviewed by Paul for FamilyFriendlyGaming
I love getting to play the final product after seeing it at E3. I really love to see the various aspects of the games improved from what I played back in E3 2012. House Pest from our friends over at 2K Play is a perfect example. I had some concerns over this iOS game at E3. Some of the mini games were tough. I was not convinced the controls were all there. Yet here we are in September, and House Pest is a gem.
Fiasco is a cute little cat that causes problems right before we have visitors. So we have to clean up his messes, fix what he breaks, and make the house presentable. House Pest starts out free for the first room. That way families can try this hand held game before plopping down the $2.99 to unlock the entire full game. The entire full game provides all of the rooms.
Even though you purchase the full game you will still not be able to access certain rooms. Why? We earn brushes in the mini games - one, two or three of them. It all depends on how well we play the mini game. Don't worry, any mini game can be replayed at any time. So if you mess it up, or did not understand you can replay it to try and do better. After beating all of the mini games in a room we can then select another room or go back over mini games in that room.
The music in House Pest is comical. So are all of the animations of Fiasco creating a new disaster for us to solve. Each mini game is timed so the faster you do the better. We can also make mistakes in some mini games. Like spelling a short phrase on the fridge. I am pretty sure House Pest penalized me for that. I was not sure at first what I was supposed to be spelling so I tried a letter somewhere it did not belong. Live and learn you know?
There are a wide variety of mini games in House Pest. The controls range and vary between all of these mini games. House Pest explains to us how to play each of the mini games visually, and with words. I never once had a problem figuring out what I needed to do. Actually doing it sometimes was a different story. Squeezing the water out of the sponge took a few tries. I was able to figure it out.
House Pest is a cute little app that is filled to the brim with high quality content. I can tell that House Pest comes from 2K Play. The little touches in the environment, or animations is a tell tale sign. The nuances to the dialogue and music strums those notes masterfully. I am very thankful that Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code for the full version to House Pest.
Family Friendly Factor: 90%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: 2K Play
Rating: '4+' - 4+