Review: Poke A Mango

Gaming, we are often told, is an increasingly mainstream activity. However, for all of the popularity of the latest Grand Theft Auto, Uncharted or Halo title, very few games truly cross over from gaming culture to the wider zeitgeist. One mobile title has transcended even this level of success and become a true modern day phenomenon and that is Poke A Mango by Cat Cup Games.

Developer: Thomas Young
Publisher: Cat Cup Games
Reviewed on: iOS
Also Available On: Android
Release Date: Available Now

BRB-Score-3

Widely reported as the most downloaded mobile app of all time Poke A Mango seems to have taken over not just the Twitter, Facebook, the rest of the internet and even the news but our entire culture. It seems almost impossible to escape the way this app dominates our society and, having downloaded the app last night, I am really not sure I can tell you why but I cannot stop playing.

Mango 1

At its most basic level Poke A Mango is a very simple game, you see a mango, you poke the mango and you get one point, poke it twice, get two points but poke something that is not a mango and it is game over. All of this is accompanied by an almost maddening Caribbean steel drum sound-track which seems specifically designed to increase the tension in the player, get stuck in your brain and instil deep resentment in anyone nearby who has to listen to it.

Mango 2

Much of the positive press around the app seems to be the way it encourages players to get out into the world and meet other players. This, I must admit, has me completely flummoxed as there is almost no social function to the game with a specific warning at the start to “Ignore your surroundings, focus only on the game”. Playing Poke A Mango while out and about can certainly have it’s dangers and the news is awash with stories of people getting themselves into trouble because they were not paying enough attention to their surroundings. My advice to these people would be play the game at home.

Mango 3

From what I have heard from other players there are some significant issues with Poke A Mango. Battery drain and data-usage are among the top complaints as well as server availability issues. I have to say, despite having heard these problems from so many people, I have not encountered any of them, the game has performed flawlessly.

[iframe id=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/qehfRUjjhk0″ align=”center” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no” maxwidth=”530″]

As simple as the game is, it is deeply compelling. You are always one poke away from disaster and the closer you get to your high score the greater the tension. If you want to be the very best like no one ever was, you will want to beat not only your own high score but everyone else’s and through iOS’s Game Centre and Google’s Play Services you can see what score the top players are getting (At time of writing I am 25th on the iOS leader board but I’m coming for you Kingsizaa!).

Compelling “funstration” gameplay3
Fun design
No social functions
Much celebrated “augmented reality” functions do not seem to work at all

The app is available for free from iOS and Google stores so why not downloaded it today? Gotta poke em all!

The review copy of this title was purchased by the author.
Official Game Site

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

BRB UK 370: Dog with a Sword in its Mouth

Shield for a face or Sword in his mouth, it's a real Sophie's choice of Pokémon decision-making

How Jimmy from South Park Became my Favourite Character

Simon's amazed by how Jimmy is treated in The Stick of Truth.

Geek Speak 191: She’ll Be Back

Jo, Diarmuid and Alex chat Watchmen, Terminator: Dark Fate, The Eyes of Ara and more

Geek Speak 189: PIE!

Alex, Jo and Diarmuid chat Joker, Concrete Genie, Betrayal Legacy, Carcassonne Safari, Chorus and even geeky topics just for you

King of Tokyo VS King of New York

When Alex heard about King of New York, she was excited to see the game build on already great and established game mechanics, while also improving on its flaws, and it kind of did. Kind of.

Comics Inc 17: (The Long) Halloween Special

Oh yeah, we're doing a special Batman-themed episode

© Big Red Barrel 2011 - 2019