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PinkiePie

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« on: 01-03-2016 14:09 »

Hi, guys! Long time no see. Sorry I went for a two-year hiatus.
There's a Futurama game app for Google Play! Here -> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wooga.futurama
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« Reply #1 on: 01-03-2016 14:12 »

Chris9000

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« Reply #2 on: 12-06-2016 21:25 »

Was excited for this, played a bit. Awful.
winna

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« Reply #3 on: 12-07-2016 04:30 »

How so?
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« Reply #4 on: 12-07-2016 09:11 »

Just a Candy Crush clone. And Candy Crush is awful. Having Futurama characters slapped on didn't save this unfortunately.
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« Reply #5 on: 12-07-2016 09:25 »

Thanks for the save.  I don't usually like puzzle games, and I definitely don't want to play Candy Crush CloneTM.
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« Reply #6 on: 12-08-2016 09:42 »

Having Futurama characters slapped on didn't save this unfortunately.

Gotta say, I think you're in the minority, here. The vast majority of the repsonses I've seen to the app have been pretty positive. They nailed the dialogue & the way the characters look, and the attention-to-detail in the 3D map screens (as well as the references to the show) is fantastic.
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« Reply #7 on: 12-08-2016 10:21 »

Perhaps his opinion related with the fact that it's a candy crush clone.  Is that what the game actually is, and/or do you have further commentary on the gameplay Danny?
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« Reply #8 on: 12-11-2016 20:06 »

I didn't play that far into it, but I did enjoy the 3D map you see the ship fly through between the levels or however that was. But the gameplay just isn't fun.
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« Reply #9 on: 12-11-2016 20:10 »


Having never played or even seen Candy Crush, I thought Game of Drones looked fine.  It just didn't hook me in at all.

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« Reply #10 on: 10-16-2017 11:12 »
« Last Edit on: 10-16-2017 11:35 »

Since Radiorama came out, that convinced me to give Worlds of Tomorrow another try. While waiting endlessly for things to regenerate and replenish in that free-to-play mobile game, I decided to try waiting endlessly for things to regenerate and replenish in this free-to-play mobile game.

The game is pretty fun. If you've played Candy Crush, you know what to expect. The power-ups and boosters seem a bit unique, but not game-changing.

The writing, voices, and animations are all on key. I enjoy looking at the 3D environments in the level select pathway. The comic-book style storytelling is very engaging. It makes me nostalgic for Grabbed by the Ghoulies on the original Xbox.

Lots of fun characters from throughout the show's many runs make an appearance, with new dialogue that fits perfectly into character.

The game plays kind of sluggishly on my phone, so sometimes it reads my swipes incorrectly and I waste a move and end up losing the round when having just one more move would have allowed me to win. And one time it used one of the uncommon boosters when my finger was nowhere near the part of the screen that displays the boosters. It takes a long time to replenish these lives and power-ups, and I end up not being able to play the game when I want to. All because of the pay-to-win model.

I can't really think of much that sets this game apart from the many Candy Crush games and their many, many clones. But if you enjoy puzzle games and Futurama, you should enjoy Game of Drones.

I don't think of this game as Futurama: Game of Drones or a Candy Crush clone. Instead, I think of it as The Loading Screen Game. You slog slowly from one loading screen to another, and sometimes you have to wait at a loading screen for a menu to appear then wait through another loading screen, whereas they could have had the options on the first screen so you only had to wait to load once. You'll have to go through a couple loading screens just to get from one level to the next, which seems pretty unnecessary.

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« Reply #11 on: 10-16-2017 21:25 »

The game plays kind of sluggishly on my phone, so sometimes it reads my swipes incorrectly and I waste a move and end up losing the round when having just one more move would have allowed me to win.

This happens to me, too, and I actually suspect the game is somehow programmed to misread my swipes when I'm thisclose to winning so that I'll lose, and waste a life, and potentially have to pay actual, real-life money for more of them. (Which I would never do, on account of I am cheap and that is ridiculous.)

That said, though, I find that the combination of watching videos to earn an extra life, spinning the Wheel of Robots, and collecting trading cards allows for more or less uninterrupted (free) game play. I think I've played for at least 90 minutes, straight through, by some combination of watching videos, landing on one of the infinite life spaces on the wheel, and collecting enough trading cards to have some infinite life rewards in reserve.

Anyway, I've been playing this game pretty consistently since it came out, but I'm only on level 385 (of, like, upwards of 500?) because I am trying to get three stars on every one, and some of them are really fucking tough. At this rate, I'll finish some time in 2019 (unless they add more levels, which they have done several times in the past). Fingers crossed!
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« Reply #12 on: 10-16-2017 21:44 »

Is this game worth my attention?  I'm not a huge fan of the insistent money draw yadda yadda nickel/dime framework, but who is?

I just don't know.  It's probably a better game than any game I've ever made.
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« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 02:41 »

This happens to me, too, and I actually suspect the game is somehow programmed to misread my swipes when I'm thisclose to winning so that I'll lose, and waste a life, and potentially have to pay actual, real-life money for more of them.

Kind of like those claw grip machines. They're programmed to only perform a full grasp 1 out of every x attempts. It's really got nothing to do with skill and not even much to do with luck. It's just a numbers game. The same is true for a lot of casino slot machines and even in the basis of Candy Crush and Candy Crush clones. Granted, there is some skill involved in these games, but a lot of it is just waiting until the computer decides to give you a good setup.

Dang, I can't even imagine trying to get three stars on every level. When I was playing Candy Crush a few years ago, I gave up on trying to get three stars after about 50 levels or so. And I gave up on that after just a few levels and Game of Drones. Lol. I think I'm currently on level 98 or something.

winna, if you're sufficiently curious, you might as well download the game and try it out.
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« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 06:23 »

Is there a good game hiding underneath it? Like I if I found all of the assets and rebuilt the game without all of the crap?

My sister plays it, she wanted me to play it.  I dunno.
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« Reply #15 on: Yesterday at 07:26 »

Well, it really is just a Candy Crush clone. The power-ups are a little different, but not in any significant way. There isn't anything more to the game than that. The 3D environments and comic strip dialogue that I mentioned in my earlier post are nice little touches, but they aren't that big of a presence and won't make the game any more enjoyable for you if you don't already like Candy Crush-style games. Continuing from some posts above:

Perhaps his opinion related with the fact that it's a candy crush clone.  Is that what the game actually is, and/or do you have further commentary on the gameplay Danny?

...there really isn't anything meaningful to it. It's honestly more rough around the edges than Candy Crush, both from a technical and an aesthetic standpoint. The game runs slow, involves an inordinate amount of loading time, and lacks the shiny veneer of the Candy Crush games that encourage the release of endorphins (probably).

For me personally, it's a nice little diversion when I'm waiting for something else to happen. And honestly, if it weren't for the Futurama motif, I probably wouldn't even be playing it. Your mileage may vary.
winna

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« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 10:55 »

I thought it was like an rpg from the video, like final fantasy 1 with menus to attack.  confused

Maybe I should just make a futurama final fantasy clone.  I think I already did that though. confused
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« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 12:28 »

The other mobile game has RPG battles. wink
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