APP OF THE DAY: Noble Nutlings review (iOS)
Noble Nutlings is the game Bad Piggies should have been. Put together by former Rovio employees, it's as addictive as you would expect but goes beyond the more staid and slow gameplay of a typical Rovio game.
Noble Nutlings is what happens when the gloves come off and those talented app developers are allowed to run riot. Think of it like Trials Evolution and you'll have a good idea of how it plays. So should you download it?
The game works on a fairly simple premise. You build a car from parts and then negotiate increasingly difficult tracks while trying to stop your creation from tipping over. You can tilt the car left and right as well as accelerate and boost it. This can be done with on-screen controls or by using the accelerometer. We prefer the on-screen option.
Parts for your car cost coins, which you acquire by collecting acorns with it during each level - the more acorns, the more coins. Some later levels will be near impossible without the better parts for your vehicle, so you have to invest in getting the most acorns possible from each level before you progress.
There's also the option to buy coins with in-app purchases, but we didn't find it necessary provided we took our time.
The gameplay really is what matters here. Noble Nutlings isn't as complex as Bad Piggies and nor does it quite have the refined tactics of Angry Birds, but this is a very different game. It is exciting and frustrating, built to have you coming back to each level until you get those elusive three stars and every acorn. As a free app it comes highly recommended.