Having recently acquired an Android based phone I’ve discovered a world of gaming literally at my fingertips. I’ve been missing out on all these great mobile games while still living in the stone age of phones without large touch screens and high speed internet connections.
So as you might have guessed as a new Droid user I’ve been diggin up games to try out left and right and one such game to have crossed my path was PLANK’D by Australian developer N3V Games.
To be honest I had no idea what planking was so I turned to the infinite source of wisdom, Google.
Planking, by definition, is people laying face down, straight out, with their arms down at their sides. The idea is to resemble a plank of wood by laying in this prone position, get a picture of yourself “planking”, and then post it online for all your friends to see where you “planked”. I know what you’re thinking, “But Modus… that sounds retarded.” Shut up!
Planking is an internet craze right now and people are constantly trying to one-up each other by getting pictures of themselves planking in more and more outrageous places. In one reported case a man was planking on his balcony and fell to his death. Hilarious!
So of coure someone had to come along and make a game about planking. So the good folks at N3V Games have brought us PLANK’D.
In PLANK’D you take on the role of a planker and plank your way around town trying to string together planks with flips, jumps, and balances to achieve the highest score possible before “planking out!”. Planking out occurs when you hit the pavement and your score resets to zero.
The formula here is very simple and although the idea of planking may not sound riveting the gameplay here is quite addictive. It’s the perfect sort of game to pick up and play for 5 minutes while you’re waiting for something to download or riding the bus to work.
The only downside to PLANK’D is the limited options right now. You can play in Timed Mode where you have 2 minutes to achieve the highest score or Free Mode where you basically just plank around until you’ve had your fill. According to N3V Games there are more updates planned for the game including an entirely new level which should really help mix it up.
The mobile gaming scene is one coming into its own. With games like Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, and Pocket Legends the bar is being set higher and higher for what people are willing to pay for to play on their phones. That being said N3V Games is on the right track with games like PLANK’D and with a bit more variety in their titles I think there is a good chance we’re going to see some dynamo games from these guys.