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What's it all about?
With its ultra-cute icon, and cartoonish graphics, you might be inclined to think that Fragger for iPhone is just another game that could have been done for free on a Flash games website. Oh, how wrong you'd be. You see, Fragger is one of the most genuinely enjoyable games on the iTunes App Store. Like Angry Birds and Doodle Jump before it, Fragger takes a cue from the keep-it-simple handbook and minimizes points of frustration that may arise.
At its heart, Fragger is a simple physics game; you toss live grenades at targets that have taken refuge either behind some geographical feature, or in a man-made structure. The enemies don't move, and neither does your character, it is a game of physics. This doesn't mean that the gameplay is simple in any way, shape or form, as Fragger is a very difficult game to master. Launching your grenades at just the right angle is a lesson in patience, but it all pays off when you hit that perfect arch and completely annihilate a target.
You can finish levels at different skill levels, so there's almost always something to shoot for, and do better than you did the previous try. There are dozens of levels and a whole new mode of play to try after finishing the regular mode, so the game is definitely stretching its 99 cents as far as it can.
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Graphics, Audio and Verdict
As was stated earlier, the game has a very cartoonish look. The icon for the game in the app store could possibly throw some potential customers off as it really does appear quite childish. This is somewhat offset of course by the fact that the cute little icon character is holding a grenade.
The gameplay graphics are presented in the same style, with just a few pleasant details presented in the characters or environment. The developers could have possibly done a little bit more in this area to flesh out the world, but it doesn't really take anything away from the game in its current state.
The audio, as is common with the iPhone app store, is applied only very lightly. Your grenades make cool sound effects but there's nothing here that's going to blow your mind, at least in terms of sound. This is becoming a pattern with many popular iPhone games, and we can only hope it changes. While the absence of more intense sound work is hard to quantify, it would be nice to see more developers go the route of Adult Swim games and flesh the games out even in this often-overlooked area.
Overall, Fragger is fantastic value at just 99 cents. The game oozes replayability, and the fact that the developers are constantly releasing updates (30 new levels were just added recently) certainly helps it get a healthy recommendation.