Monsters University: Catch Archie iPad review

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Monsters University: Catch Archie

Both kids and adults poured into theaters to see Pixar's Monsters University. Disney, meanwhile, gave them something to play in the form of Catch Archie, a free iOS and Android title that serves as an advertising vehicle to a more feature-packed $0.99 video game. Is this digital slice big enough to justify dropping a buck? Yes, but we expected better.

As Mike, players chase after Archie the Scare pig through 10 progressively difficult levels. The developers created this game as an endless runner, but did something quite odd. Rather than put the camera directly behind Mike, they set the perspective at a somewhat awkward angle (not quite isometric) most of the way, probably so users can keep Archie in their sights.

Problem is, there's an obvious touchscreen issue where players swipe left to move Mike in that direction but the angle results in a jump. This usually means smacking into a chalkboard, truck and other obstacles within the environment. It didn't hamper us too much, but we could see younger gamers struggling.

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