Graffiti Heaven ($0.99) by Just Another Indie Game Company is a maze adventure that makes it possible for anyone to tag without the fear of “The Man” coming down on them. It is less of a game and more of an entertainment app. However, you earn points for speed and accuracy, so be sure to color inside the lines.
Players are given a virtual spray can and a wall with a piece on it. The goal is to get your paint from one end of the piece to the other before the paint runs out. Players can either stay within the color or add their own flare to the art. However, the longer you spray outside of the specified color’s zone, the faster your paint runs out.
To add your own art to the pre-existing piece, simply tilt your device in the direction you want the paint to go. The more steady your tilt, the better the art. If you work fast, you’ll earn more stars. There are 25 different levels across five zones. According to the developer’s summary, all of the graffiti is based on real life art.
Honestly, I’m not sure what the point of this game is. I love street art. I’ve got books and magazines about graffiti artists from around the world. I love the way this app looks, but I don’t understand why I’m supposed to be spraying over someone’s piece. If this were the real world, it would be disrespectful to just tag up someone’s hard work. Because of the limited amount of paint in the can, players can’t even do much to enhance the piece. In order to get to the end point without running out of paint, you will sometimes have to spray a nearly straight line across the wall.
I really like the idea of this game, but the execution of it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It is not much of a game or an artist app. It is fun to play and looks great, but it is kind of pointless. Hopefully, the developers will take one side or the other on which category they want the app to be in. Personally, I think it would work much better as an entertainment app with multiple colors of spray cans and a blank canvas for creating original graffiti art. Would you rather play the game or create the art? Let us know in the comments below and maybe it will influence the developer of this app for a future update.