Your Daily AppGratis: Pangolin

Fri, Mar 1, 2013

Arcade, Casual, Frisky Misc, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Puzzle

Every day, TriplePoint client AppGratis locates an app that they think ought to be free for a day. We download and take a look for ourselves to let you know what awaits you – why not? It’s free.

Pangolin is exactly the kind of game I suspect I’ll keep on my iPhone for a long time. It’s pretty much everything I want from a mobile game: short, discrete levels that take roughly 30-60 seconds to attempt, meaning I can open it up and play for just a moment or for the entire half-hour train ride. Smart and original touch-screen gameplay that was clearly designed with my device in mind. A reasonable monetization scheme that isn’t constantly prodding me for purchases like some kind of mobile panhandler. A clever design that helped the game win Best Mobile Arcade Game of 2012 on Jayisgames. Getting to play through Pangolin for free is a real treat.

The game is played by bouncing the titular pangolin through a series of mini-golf-like levels, bouncing it from a series of elastic platforms to collect coins, dodge spikes, and ultimately reach a bullseye at the end. The unique wrinkle is in how the platforms are placed: by putting two fingers on the screen, a platform will instantly appear to connect the two points of contact, allowing for precision of angle and power in each shot (the distance between your fingers determines how hard the platform bounces). It’s an instantly accessible mechanic that is neatly explained through a handful of tutorial levels.

A quick public service tip from Frisky Mongoose: downloading Pangolin is usually free anyway; what AppGratis is actually giving you in today’s promo is the first in-game level pack which normally costs 99 cents. If you download it but don’t open the app and grab the content, you may miss out. Once you’ve downloaded Pangolin, play through the tutorial levels today, and then immediately unlock the first world, “Exploration.” That’s your freebie, right there. You’re welcome!

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