Lately there has been a trend of side-scrolling apps to hit the app store. I know they've been around for ages but it just seems like lately there have been more of them. I think it started with the "Flappy Bird" craze and took off from there. So today I'm checking out the app Mr. Monty's Magical Balloon. This app is a side scrolling app that has users flying a hot air balloon through a side scrolling landscape. The only controls are up and down. To go up you hold your finger on the screen and to go down you let go. It's pretty simple but not exactly easy. For starters the longer you hold your finger on the screen the faster the balloon goes up. The higher you go the faster your balloon falls. Let go too long and your balloon crashes. It takes a bit of practice to become proficient in flying your balloon. Then there's the obstacles. Hit any of them and your game is over. There are gold coins you must grab as well as fuel cans that contain fuel to keep your balloon ride going. Run out of fuel and it's also game over! The main goal is to keep flying as long as you can and collect as many gold coins as you can. So doing things that cause death are not ways to win at this game ha ha ha.
Now to discuss the graphics of this game. They are flat yet they are somewhat 3D. It's hard to explain but I have provided screen shots to give you some examples of what they look like. But the colors aren't over done and the graphics are crisp and fit perfectly for this app. It has an old fashioned kind of feel. It looks like it takes place during a time when people flew in hot air balloons more often. The graphics fit nicely with the theme of the app.
Overall I think this app is fun and those that enjoy side scrolling apps of this type will have fun playing it. I would recommend it because beside being fun it's light enough to play occasionally when people need something fun to mess around with.