Timberman is a pretty well known arcade concept, but ever since Flappy Bird has made the rounds on the app store, the various Flappy Bird styled Timberman clones are probably what people will recognize the concept from the most. However today I have a new game to review that might just beat every other game out there with the same concept.
The game is called Foodie Yama, and the gameplay concept is exactly how you would expect it. In Foodie Yama you have two controls; left and right. Pressing left makes your character jump to the left side of the screen, and pressing right makes your character jump to the right side of the screen. If you are already on the side your character would jump to, you will simply move one space forward.
The aim of Foodie Yama is to use the controls to collect food on each side of the screen whilst dodging obstacles. You have a timer that slowly goes down, and it can only be replenished by moving quickly, which encourages fast gameplay and ultimately leaves you hitting into some kind of sword shaped obstacle sticking out the side of the screen.
It’s a concept we’ve all seen before, but Foodie Yama has managed to capture it superbly with great arcade-style graphics, a charming character and an absolutely epic retro 8-bit background track and set of sound effects. Despite taking so much inspiration from other areas, Foodie Yama feels original and unique, and it’s charming apperance easily trumps other Timberman clones available in the app store.
Foodie Yama is free, but it does have in-app purchases, and this is where the only major downfall of the app is made present. In Foodie Yama, you have a set amount of lives; fifteen to be precise, and once your lives have run out, you will not be able to play any longer.
Instead, you will have to wait for your lives to regenerate, similarly to the mechanics used for energy in many casual sim games like The Simpsons Tapped Out. If you don’t want to wait, you can pay £0.69 for an extra 15 lives. The IAP route the developer has gone is questionable, but at the same time we can get the full game experience for free, albeit in short bursts. Download Foodie Yama here.