Release Date: 4/10/2012
For Fans Of: Skateboarding, Rhythm Games, Techno Music
Available Exclusively On
The Good: Colorful graphics, good music, fun and addictive gameplay
The Bad: No many levels, not enough moves, shallow customization options
Penny is an Australian skateboard company, and they made this game. You would think this is some crappy Tony Hawk rip-off but it is far from it. This is a simple rhythm game with good music and fun gameplay that any skateboarding or rhythm fan will dig.
The story is non-existent so don’t worry about that. You roll through colorful levels in frozen time as you ollie, jump, and slide your way around obstacles. Each of the three moves have color coded pads that indicate when to swipe. As you jump around you are doing this to a pretty cool techno beat that is in sync with your moves. As you rack up points you will hit multiplier sections and after that you can cash in the multipliers to add to your score or save them and try to get through the next section for mega points. This is risky because if you screw up you lose your multiplier and are stuck with the score before you hit the first multiplier section. I recommend cashing them in until you are familiar with the level then try it.
There aren’t many levels here so you can beat this in one long sitting. There are some achievements and hard modes to unlock, but other than that there’s not much else to do. You can customize the color of your skateboard and change characters, but what is here is fun and addictive. Who would have though some skateboarding company would make a good iPhone game?
Overall, Penny Time is a fun rhythm game with addictive gameplay and reasons to master each level. I just wish there were more levels and a few more moves than just the three, and some deeper customization options.