Sugar Rush for iPhone ($0.99) by MC Development is a simple game where you control a small orange creature with an insatiable craving for all things sweet! Think of Doodle Jump, but at a faster pace with cute graphics.
Sugar Rush launches with a cute splash screen, then immediately takes you to the menu options. Even the menu is simple, with four options – Game Center, Play, Sound On/Off, and Help.
The gameplay is very simple – you tilt your device to control the creature. As he jumps, you have to guide it to the pieces of candy scattered all over the screen. Each piece of candy that you collect will cause the creature to jump again, so if you get a lot of pieces of candy, he’ll be constantly advancing upwards.
Energy is required to keep advancing, and each piece of candy gives a certain amount of energy. The candy beans give 1 point of energy, candies give 3 points, lollipops and candy canes give 5, and cupcakes give 10. You’ll see your energy count in the top right corner. For every 100 energy points, you can tap the screen to “jump” or boost yourself. This is great for emergencies (I’ll get to that in a bit).
In addition to these regular candy pieces for you to collect, there are special candies that provide power-ups. The ice cream lets you float with a balloon, gummy bears make candies come to you, marshmallows turn you twice as big, and chocolate doubles your jump power.
In the beginning, the game seems easy because there are tons of candies everywhere so it’s hard to miss them. However, the farther up you get, the more sparse the candies become. That’s when the energy points you collect come in handy. When you miss a candy and end up falling, just use the jump power and get back up there. The game ends when you miss a candy and fall.
Once the game ends, you’ll see your score and have the option to post it on Facebook or Twitter. If you enabled Game Center, then it will show up on that automatically.
There are 15 achievements for you to get, which adds to the replayability level. Achievements consist of getting each kind of power-up and scoring over a certain amount of points.
There’s only one play mode, so the game can be a bit repetitive of you play it a lot. However, if you just want a game to kill a few minutes on while waiting for an appointment or standing in line, then this game can definitely help you with that.
For $1, it’s a good and basic pick-up-and-play game. Try it out if you like the Doodle Jump style game but with a bit more added in to the mix.