Scarecrow Review: Burn Scarecrow Burn

Ezone’s Scarecrow was a pleasant surprise for most iPhone gamers including me, and after watching the trailer, I was waiting and waiting for this game.  Also, the inclusion of Plus+ was great news since I do seem to get very competitive when it comes to Plus+ points.  But no matter how much I wanted to like it, Scarecrow seems to successfully scare me away every single time.

Likes

Graphics: Graphics are very nice for what they are, and I really think that Scarecrow is one of Ezone’s better looking games.  While they aren’t as flashy as games like Blades of Fury, Scarecrow still manages to provide an environment that adds the creeps and chills along with some great humor and laughter.

Plus+: Plus+ is always a big plus for me in games in terms of replay value and competition.  It’s no surprise that Scarecrow includes one of the major social platforms on the iPhone, and it’s also provided in its full glory.  Plus+ is pushed to the limit in Scarecrow with push notifications, highscores, and achievements all in one go, and it will also provide you with a noticeable amount of Plus+ points.

Dislikes

Way Too Simple: Ezone unsuccessfully tried to provide a simple, yet addictive experience on the iPhone, and Scarecrow is just plain boring.  Variety is not present at all, and the game is basically the same thing over and over again until you die.  Scarecrow has some great presentation but leaves much to be desired.

Save Please?: If you have an iPod Touch with no WiFi, you’re out of luck if you happen to achieve a highscore out of the house.  For some odd reason, Scarecrow doesn’t seem to save a highscore you achieved offline, and that’s definitely not acceptable for most users who play without a WiFi nearby.  Achieved 100,000?  Too bad, you’re don’t have internet available.

Enemy Variety: There are really only around 4-5 enemies in the entire game, and after a while, the game tends to get boring.  It’s the same enemies over and over again, and the enemies don’t even seem to provide a noticeable resistance against the scarecrow.  Sure you die a couple of times from the little baddies but not something that happens every time you play.

Scarecrow is a good attempt at a simple game, but it’s just not quite there yet.  There’s an x-factor in all simple games that make it so addictive, and Scarecrow just seems to missing that x-factor.  It sure has Plus+, online leaderboards, and achievements all in one go, but I can’t help but feel that it could have been better.  For right now, the game is a little too simple for my taste but is definitely worth a look for the casual gamers.

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Scarecrow was developed by Ezone, and I played through version 1.0 on my 1st generation iPhone.  The price is $0.99.

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About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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