Doppler ($1.99) by My Go Studio is an infinite twitch reflex game that will keep you charged up. It is similar to other games like Pivvot, Duet Game, and Super Hexagon. If you’re a fan of this genre, then it should go without saying that Doppler is another one to add to your growing collection.
I have a serious love-hate relationship with these games. I love them because they’re fast-paced, have simple controls, and are incredibly challenging. On the other hand, I hate them because I end up becoming so frustrated at trying to beat my previous score, when I was just so close, yet so far. Come on — if you’ve played these games, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Even though I end up feeling like I want to throw my device across the room, I can’t help but keep coming back to these games over and over again — it’s like a drug. I was pretty excited when I first saw a trailer for Doppler a couple of weeks ago. I knew I had to get my hands on this game. Now that it’s finally available after a few delays, I have to say — it was well worth the wait.
The visuals in Doppler are simple, colorful, and vibrant. The background is basic black, but you’ll find some lines of light (possibly stars) whizzing by. The main line you’re traversing on is white (and the circles), but glows with a blue and red aura that is pleasant on the eyes. Animations in the game are smooth and fluid, as you’d expect from games like this. The electronic soundtrack is a delight to listen to, as well as the fun sound effects.
Doppler has three game modes: Infinite, Extreme, and Time Attack. Infinite is the mode that you will want to try first, just so you can get a feel for the game. It lives up to the name — you play infinitely, as long as you can maintain the charge. Extreme is similar to Infinite, except it’s much faster, so I recommend getting used to the controls before tackling this mode on. Time Attack will have different levels, which indicate the speed of the game, and you need to last for a certain amount of time to earn stars.
Regardless of the mode you choose, the game itself uses the same controls, and it’s one of the more difficult twitch reflex games I’ve played. Your job in the game is to maintain the charge of a line that twists and turns from top to bottom. To do this, you will have to connect and control two circles on each side of the line — this is done by placing your finger on the screen on either side. The circles need to be close to each other to create a link, but it will break if you let go, touch the line, or stray too far from each other. When the bond is broken, you lose energy — just connect them to regain it back. If you are depleted completely (there’s a bar in the corner), the game ends.
Unlike the other twitch reflex games I’ve played, Doppler is trickier than the rest, due to the nature of the controls. You need to constantly keep your finger on the screen for the connection, and it gets difficult when the line twists and turns so much, and it’s challenging to get back in the groove if you mess up. Still, it’s enjoyable due to the flashy graphics, upbeat music, and challenging gameplay mechanic.
I highly recommend checking out Doppler if you are in the mood for another twitchy reflex game. You can find it on the App Store as a universal download for $1.99.