Tiny Egg Begins ($0.99) by Rise entertainment rolls a bird across multiple levels in search of his girlfriend. It seems a pesky human has kidnapped the bird’s true love, and she doesn’t happen to be a self-rescuing princess, so it’s up to him to find her.
Each level requires you to guide the bird from the starting bird house to the other one at the end. A deceptive timer shows before you start the level, which you would think shows how long you have to complete the level.
In fact, you really have all the time you need. Completing the level within the timer’s requirements will just yield a better score. Collecting all of the stars in the level will also help boost your score.
The game’s control works by simply tapping the screen, which makes the bird hop. He automatically moves forward by rolling, until he bumps into something or falls into a nook.
While this may sound helpful, it’s actually limiting as you try to collect all of the stars in the allotted time.
The main flaw with this game is how simple and repetitive it is to play. Little intervention is needed on the player’s part to get the bird across the level. He rolls just fine as long as he’s on level ground.
I was testing the game’s timer by leaving the bird alone just shy of completing the level, when he just took the initiative and rolled up the small steps of the end house.
Each level just feels like rinse and repeat, not offering anything new to engage the player. No time limit, no enemies, and limited control is a good combination for those who are lazy. Anyone looking for a challenge would become bored by the third level.
This game has potential, though some major updates would be required for it to become a serious contender.