Game Review: Pocket Devil: Hell Yeah
Release: Oct 19th, 2010
Available Platforms: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
ESRB Rating: Rated 9+
Pocket Devil is all about torture. If this torture is in reference to what you do to the little Mugat2’s in the game or the experience playing it is up for you to decide. Fortunately, I’m here to help you out. Pocket Devil allows you to summon little devil minions and then use different tools to kill them. It’s an evil spin on the concept pioneered by Pocket God, also available on the iPhone.
By tapping the “Spawn a Devil” sign, the little Mugat2’s appear from the ground. You can start out by flinging them and squishing them. Once you get bored with that, you can move on to the different icons located on the right side of the screen. Those icons represent different ways that you can kill the Mugat2. They range from a pitch fork that can be dropped on a Mugat2, impaling it in the head, to an electric chair that the Mugat2 can be strapped into.
The torture and death animations are well done and funny. Seeing the guts flowing from a shredder or watching an evil rat eat a Mugat2 is gruesome fun. Some of the death dealing appliances are inspired while others are dull. Sending your Mugat2 to heaven is a strange type of torture that might be a little too subversive for average players.
There are a few mini-games built in that allow you to post your high scores to Facebook and Twitter. Seeing how many Mugat2 you can slap in 60 seconds (think Whack-A-Mole) or how many you can kill in 60 seconds can give you a competitive jolt. Also, the Open Feint achievements flow pretty easily and without much effort at all.
Unfortunately, once you’ve killed a few dozen Mugat2’s, you’ve seen all there is for Pocket Devil to offer. There are some other mini-games available as in-app purchases, but I don’t know that a soccer mini-game is worth $0.99.
If the game provided some type of story or reason to be doing what you’re doing, or maybe just something to keep you motivated to play passed the 15 minute mark I might have enjoyed this game more. Unfortunately it’s little more than a distraction with a Halloween skin. If you really need to sadistically kill some little pumpkin-headed guys, then Pocket Devil is the game. If you prefer a little longevity for your dollar, keep moving.