Deep Trip – Dodge deep sea trenches in this Highly Addictive game
Jan 23, 2012 11:59 AM –
Deep Trip takes you into the depths of the ocean as you take control of a colorful eel as he navigates an underground kingdom rich in perilous rocks. Gameplay is identical to the retro helicopter games such as Extreme Helicopter which we reviewed. Deep Trip however, rocks far better graphics and has a more aquatic theme!
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Nice graphics!
- Simple controls!
Deep Trip is a very simple development of the classic helicopter-style gameplay. Instead of navigating a chopper through a narrow cavern, you are instead weaving an eel though a treacherous underwater kingdom. Immediately familiar, especially perhaps to old-school gamers, you need to press the screen to move upwards and release to move downwards. You’ll need razor sharp timing and acute bravery to progress and the never-ending level gets progressively trickier.
The big difference between Deep Trip and the likes of Extreme Helicopter is the graphics. Whereas the retro chopper title, and so many of its ilk come with retro 1980’s style graphics as standard for a more authentic feel, Deep Trip offers a far richer and smoother experience. Controls, I felt, were just as sensitive in both types of games, but this also makes Deep Trip so familiar and pick-up-and-playable.
Unfortunately there’s little diversity in gameplay besides the careful ups and downs required. In Deep Trip your eel can don a helmet, which lets him crash once and these can be picked up relatively frequently throughout the level. Additionally, a second helmet bonus will make you invulnerable for a short time, allowing you to careen through rocks with ease. These added abilities at least differentiate Deep Trip from the more retro titles, but there’s perhaps not enough here to draw you to the game other than for old school kicks.
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Deep Trip – Safety helmet
Deep Trip – Press screen for lift
Deep Trip – Crash
Deep Trip – End of level
Deep Trip – End of level 2
Deep Trip – Main menu
Deep Trip – Options
The game is fun for a short while and if you’re into retro gaming you’ll notice the similarities with games like ‘Copter’. Because the controls are so easy to use (yet tricky to master) there’s a real technique to employ in the ups and downs of the game.
Game concepts like this became popular because of high levels of addictiveness. Therefore, once you get into the game it becomes pretty addictive if you want to better your previous scores. With Papaya Mobile on board, you can also compare your scores with your online friends, so from that perspective you might also find it compelling.
Graphics, while 2D are very smooth and (although this will sound like an underwater pun) rather fluid. Certainly a big leap from the blocky pixels of yesteryear’s helicopter titles.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The music on the game is a not far removed from Spongebob tracks which pluck along nicely but does become a bit irksome after a while. Then you have plenty of bubble sound effects and notifications when you acquire a helmet or crash.