Clay Jam – play this innovative & delightful ‘Claymation’ game
Dec 31, 2012 9:58 AM –
Clay Jam is a cute and innovative “indie-style” game from none other than Zynga! Created by developer Fat Pebble, the game has been crafted using claymation (an area you might be familiar with if you know the work of Nick Park). In the game you manipulate the path of a little blob (also called Fat Pebble) as it rolls over monsters and grows in size. At the end of each level you face off a horrible Bully Beast in an exciting and genuinely refreshing game perfect for touchscreens.
Price: Free plus In-app Purchases
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Sumptuously animated in extraordinary detail!
- Fun and innovative gameplay!
- Great sound!
- Ideal for both kids and adults!
- Mesmerically cute!
- Gameplay might feel repetitive after a while.
Clay Jam is a beautifully crafted touchscreen game that is as innovative as it is cute. You control the path of Fat Pebble, a blob of clay. You have to roll over little monsters, worms and other claymation critters in order to grow your size (it’s like a snow ball effect only with clay!) At the end of each stage, you fling yourself as hard as you can at the resulting Bully Beast in an attempt to knock it as far as you can. Points are awarded for distance and the bigger you become the further the Beast will fly.
You don’t directly control Fat Pebble but rather you draw lines and gullies in the clay which he then follows. If his path coincides with a monster of some kind he’ll absorb it and grow bigger. Each level is chock full of different monsters to catch and the more you catch the better your score will be. Eventually you’ll come to some lined clay which lead the way to the Bully Beast. Here you have to flick Fat Pebble as powerfully as you can into the Bully Beast which then throws him a certain distance, the further the better.
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As you progress you accumulate points which you can then use to buy new monsters and other items. The game is a freemium-style game and you can invest real money to buy new things, but this isn’t a prerequisite for making progress and you can get lots of gameplay without this.
I felt it was extremely good and it was lovely to see something so fresh-looking and original (especially coming through Zynga!). Clay Jam feels incredibly organic and you can really spot the meticulous attention to detail in both the graphics and sound. I do think the game might feel a little samey after extended play, but for casual dips into an adorable ocean of clay, it’s certainly great fun for both kids and adults.
Clay Jam – You start as a small little blob of clay…
Clay Jam – Fat Pebble gradually gets bigger and bigger
Clay Jam – All kinds of weird and wonderful monsters to squash
Clay Jam – Create lines in the clay for Fat Pebble to roll down
Clay Jam – Send the Bully Beast flying as far as you can
Clay Jam – Bully Beasts are the end of level baddies
Clay Jam – Complete new achievements and objectives
Clay Jam – Score
Clay Jam – Unlock new items as your level increases
Clay Jam – Buy new stuff
Clay Jam – Intro
Clay Jam – Tutorial
Clay Jam is loads of fun and very intuitive to play. The game feels very ‘alive’ in that the visuals are exceptionally detailed and the sound is rich with effects and music. While I think grown ups will be impressed by the animation itself and quirky gameplay, kids will be utterly blown away by the whole package.
I’ve played Clay Jam quite a bit and while I did find that my interest dulled after longer sessions of playing, it’s actually far better suited to casual bouts of play; frequent and often. There is lots to accumulate in the game so it’s fun to add more and more to the world. Additionally, it’s great to complete the in-game achievements and better your scores.
All the visuals in-game have been crafted using real clay. The consistency therefore, and the lush colour, is out of this world. It runs extremely smoothly too and the whole game has the feel of an interactive movie-short. There’s certainly nothing like it elsewhere in the Google Play Store.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The game is full of sound. From quirky little noises emitted by various creatures to menu effects and friendly music, it’s a smorgasbord of noises and tunes. The sound heavily compliments the gameplay and is the cherry on the cake in terms of the overall finished product.
Tags: Android App
, Android Apps
, Android Apps for Children
, Android Game
, AndroidTapp.com App Review
, Clay Jam
, Fat Pebble
, Nick Park
Categorised in: Arcade & Action