Cash Cow Review: Milk Those Udders

I’ve seen cows before in my life, and they just stink.  Flies are flying around them everywhere, they’re fat, unsanitary, and just disgusting.  I even got the privilege to feed the cows some hay, only to be greeted with slobbering drool running down my hand.  Cows are disgusting and gross.  A cow with cash is another story.

Cash Cow is a wonderful puzzler released by Chillingo that takes the puzzle genre to a whole new level.  As I mentioned before, cows just stink and they smell, but Cash Cow is quite the opposite.  It may be because of all the cash it possesses, and really, this is just one smacking good game.

Likes

Design: It’s designed well, looks good, and feels good.  That’s what game design is all about and Cash Cow nailed every single category.  While the button design was a little bit off, it’s definitely a lot better than some user interfaces I’ve seen (see Arcade Reality).  The looks of the game is also very well done, and it gives a peaceful farm atmosphere that we all enjoy and love.

Original: This is just fresh from the cow’s utters to your doorstep, and it doesn’t get any fresher than that.  Cash Cow’s puzzle idea is very well done and very well executed, a combination that smells of success.  Most puzzles fail to execute but their ideas are absolutely great, and I’ve finally confronted a puzzler that’s original and well executed.  Kudos to the developers, you guys did a great job.

Game Modes: 5 game modes will keep you going no matter what you say.  I mostly played the arcade mode, but when you’re looking for a quick fix, the other game modes should do.  But really, 5 different game modes is a lot for you to cover, and I think it’s enough for such a low-priced game.

Dislikes

A Little Easy: Once you get the hang of it, the game will start to feel a little easy.  It’s actually not that bad for some of the younger children, but puzzle masters will feel the game as a bit too easy.  There’s no real timed mode to play against, and it seems like you can play as long as you want.  Don’t get me wrong, there is a timer in arcade mode, but they give you just a bit too much time.

Achievements: There are no achievements in this game, and while that’s usually not a problem, a game like this screams achievements.  There should also be a stats screen showing all the different stats you have accumulated including longest chain of coins and other little details.  It would be nice to add some achievements in here, and maybe even some stats screen of some sort.

Cash Cow was surprisingly very well done, and I really like this game.  The graphics and artwork are just swell, the game is well executed and designed, and the overall experience was more than I could ever ask for.  Yes, it may get easy for some, but the casual gamers will feel right at home with this game.  I couldn’t ask for anything more, and while it wasn’t as complete as I thought it should be, it’s still a pretty solid title that’s definitely worth it if you’re into puzzles at all.

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Cash Cow was developed by Chillingo, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $0.99, and there is a lite version to try before you buy.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Cash Cow Review: Milk Those Udders

  1. Great review so I’m going to bypass the lite and buy the full.

    BTW: you should change the title to correctly reference uDDers 🙂

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