Originally released as a mobile game in 2010, Doodle God: Ultimate Edition has come a long way since then. Developed by JoyBits Doodle God is as simple as they come. Combining various “elements” to create new elements, life, death, and everything in between.
There isn’t much of a story to Doodle God other than, you play a god of sorts that can smash elements together to create new things. You begin with 4 basic elements and from there you want to discover everything from animals to zombies. This might seem boring and simple and you would be correct. To be honest, the game is not all that exciting. It is helped along by a bit of narrative and entertaining quotes for each element, but in total, it’s just a mobile game on a big screen. However, this is one of the most endearing things about it. It’s a game that is easy to pick up, play for 15 minutes, and then quit. Sometimes that’s all we have time for in today’s fast paced world and although you can simply do this on your phone, it still feels satisfying to discover these quirky elements on the console.
The biggest flaw of the game is easily the controls and menus. Replacing the simple taps of a smart phone, porting it to a console showed some difficulties. The open book concept takes time getting used to but eventually becomes a non-issue. However, sometimes you will randomly back all the way out to the menu and not be sure how you got there. Also, prompts for new “missions” pop up and clicking too quickly will make you abandon your current thought process.
Although, these alternative missions are a nice feature that provide more of a task driven creation. Something simple like escaping an island or saving the princess are fun and allow you to play for an extended period of time with a specific goal to achieve.
There is one feature that is a mix of good and bad. When really stuck, you can use a variety hints (if you manage to bring up the menu). Somewhat easy to win and receive from various accomplishments, eventually you will use “mana” to buy more. While fairly easy to stock up on this mana through spinning a wheel of fortune (every 2 hours) or beating missions, it is still a soft ask for money. The game wasn’t free to begin with and now they would like people to do in game purchases. This isn’t a mobile game, take your micro-transactions elsewhere!
Despite the micro-transactions and annoying controls/menus, Doodle God: Ultimate Edition does provide for a decent amount of fun gameplay. Plenty of things to create and adventures to solve, it’s worth getting if you are a type that only gets bursts of free time.