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Upstart gaming studio Naoplay has recently updated and re-released their Wheels of Ages game for iOS, and I got a chance to give it a test drive.  Wheels of Ages in its most basic form is a touch based game that incorporates simple mechanics with an addicting formula.  All you need is one finger to play this game, but if you want to score all of the game’s achievements you’ll also need some quick reflexes.  I found myself having a difficult time putting this game down once I started playing it.  It definitely works as a simple time waster for those moments in life when you have a few minutes to kill, but don’t want to start up a game that requires a huge time commitment to play on the go!

 

Wheels of Ages for iOS and Android

EB 8 out of 10 Buddhas

The Awesome: Simple gameplay mechanics, Good time killer, Retro 8-bit sound design

The Not so Awesome: Comic book style story telling, Default noise level is extremely loud

 

The Awesome

Simple gameplay mechanics

Without a doubt the most alluring feature of Wheels of Ages is that it only requires one hand to play.  Sometimes mobile games have very difficult controls to use, because they try to virtualize a standard gaming controller.  This is not the case with WoA.  You can play using either your right or left hand, and as long as you have one working digit you’ll have no issues playing this game.  All that is required of you is tapping the screen to make your character leap from one spinning wheel to the next.

If you can touch a screen you can play Wheels of Ages 

If you’ve ever played Ninja Jump then you’ll have an idea of how Wheels of Ages functions.  Luckily WoA adds in a few changes to that formula, which makes for some difficult challenges in some of the later levels.  If you’re not a fan of complicated control schemes and gameplay in your mobile games, then you’ll love Wheels of Ages.  It’s one touch system makes the barrier for entry very low, and gamers of all skill levels will be able to pick it up and start playing it without the need for a tutorial.

Good time killer

Let’s be honest.  Most people play mobile games to kill time during some of the more mundane moments in their lives.  Mobile gaming has helped my impatient mind deal with long lines, office visits, car rides, and other situations where I find myself twiddling my thumbs.  Wheels of Ages is perfect for these situations.  It’s simple gameplay and short levels make it a great candidate for time waster of the year, and that’s not a bad thing when it comes to mobile gaming.

Retro 8-bit sound design

If you grew up in the 80’s and 90’s you probably have some fond memories of your favorite game’s music design.  Who can’t hum the Super Mario Bros., Contra, or Zelda themes from the NES era?  Wheels of Ages sports the same type of sound design.  It’s got a nice catchy tune to it that wholeheartedly reminded me of my youth.  There’s something about synthesized sounds of repeating beats that does it for me, and WoA has that.

 

The Not so Awesome

Comic book style storytelling

Wheels of Ages isn’t a game that’s heavy on storytelling, but that manner that it does so, could’ve been a little more exciting.  Basically, the story of your character is told through static sceenshots in a comic book style format.  They’re mostly forgettable, and not really needed to make the game more interesting.  I appreciate the team’s efforts to build some sort of a story around the gameplay, but I just didn’t find it to be interesting at all.

Don’t expect to be captivated by Wheels of Ages’ story

Default noise level is extremely loud

For some reason this game’s sound seems to be amplified when you first fire it up.  I don’t know if it’s because my system sound was set to deaf or what, but when I first played it I think my neighbor could have heard it from across the street.  Considering that this is the type of game that you would want to play in bursts while in public places, the fact that it’s extremely loud may turn some people off.  Obviously you could mute it, but the actual music is pretty catchy, so why would you want to do that?  It’s not a deal breaker by any means I just wish it wasn’t so loud.

 

The Final Verdict

Wheels of Ages is the perfect mobile game for users of all skill levels looking for a quick time killer to make the dull moments in their day a little more enjoyable.  Its one touch gameplay can be enjoyed by anyone with at least one working digit, and it doesn’t take a seasoned gamer to master the challenges.  It has a nostalgic soundtrack that will take older gamer’s back to their early days of gaming.  Outside of the forgettable story and oddly loud sound, Wheels of Ages is definitely worth your $.99 investment.  I give it an EB 8 out of 10 Buddhas!  You can pick it up for iOS here, or for Android here.  There’s also a launch trailer below for you to see what this game looks like in action!  Enjoy!  You’ve been liking these simple mobile games…

Wheels of Ages – Launch Trailer HD

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of EntertainmentBuddha.com where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he's not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB's Star Wars Time podcast show.