Price: $1.99 Score: 8/10 Category: Games
The Green Pleco is a species of native fish which needs your help, and the aim of the game is to stop the river pollution before its too late. Its your job to navigate through the waters to plug a a pipe with a ball which is spewing out dangerous pollution into the ecosystem.
Collecting green algae along the way gives you points and adds time. Special algae types provide you with unique rewards and power-ups, such as shields and waves to disrupt enemies.
By successfully completing the levels, you unlock a number of mini-games featuring Gemma the Turtle, Claudia the Crab and Ms. PigBounce that offer up extra challenges.
The visuals and animation in Green Pleco are basic, but for this type of game its all about gameplay rather than graphics. The game is fun – but the controls could use some work. The tap controls were a little unresponsive, and often took several attempts to get the fish to move where he was meant to be going.
And, when you do get control, rather than turn around and swim backwards or sideways – the fish remains in a forward-moving orientation which makes the game feel a little bit too 2D.
Still, a fun game with a simple premise and a good cause at its heart – proceeds of the sale of every download go towards non-profit organizations that are involved in the care of animals and the environment.
Green Pleco is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.