Doodle God: Ultimate Edition is a tile matching puzzler developed and published by JoyBits, Inc and puts the player in the position of the Doodle God, an all-powerful being equipped with basic elements and tasked with creating everything and anything to advance technology in the world. This title is the console version and complete package of the mobile game Doodle God, including all previous updates of the mobile version. The story takes you through the ages as you produce new elements and mix and match with your creativity to try and create the entire universe. Consisting of four different chapters, you must work your way up from bacteria and simple organisms to flourish the planet with humans, beasts, and lovely plants. With humans comes tools and other technology as you advance from a barren wasteland to a modern metropolis…and maybe have some fun with magic in the middle. Let your creativity run rampant as you match tiles and make amazing new discoveries. In addition to the story mode, there are various quests to be completed and a bunch of cool artifacts to construct. The quests take you on a separate adventure being Santa’s helper or having a feud with Satan to decide whether good or evil will rule throughout your world. The construction of the artifacts is rather simplistic as you must discover three elements and ta-da you made an artifact. Making certain artifacts is required to progress through the story. For example, making Stonehenge is required to go from chapter one to chapter two.
Visually, Doodle God: Ultimate Edition is intriguing and well-done. The virtual Earth is flushed out well and looks beautiful for the stylization this game has to offer. The pop-ups that appear on this planet have an interesting cartoon feel to them and when paired with the overall image of the Earth looked really fascinating. The individual tiles and the images for the categories are pretty cool as well. The visual styling of this game brings a lot to the table for how simplistic of nature the rest of the game is and I feel that the visuals are actually the best part of this game. On the other hand, the soundtrack and other audio gave me a completely different feel. It was extremely boring and it got old tremendously quick. I could only hear the narrator say “Oh would you look at this” and “A Great Discovery!” so many times before I just wanted to finish the game with the sound turned off. It got annoying and I could not stand listening to it anymore.
Having played the original Doodle God previously, I was prepared to know somewhat of how to beat the game and with this prior knowledge, I was able to beat a large amount of the earlier content with ease. The other content in the game; however, was not much different. While I did not know exactly how to beat it, it was the same old, same old of picking two tiles and seeing if that makes something new. Sometimes they did, sometimes they did not and I found myself chugging along just trying to finish it. The game provided entertainment for about 35-45 minutes until it just got plain boring and was not interesting to play. I did finish the game and it took me about 5 hours, but if you have played previous installments, you might not even get that out of this game. Whether you are just starting the game or at the very end of it, it boils down to being a glorified tile matching game that really should not have been ported to console. The concept worked great on mobile and I feel that is because not many people game on their phones for hours upon hours. They get bored and then they open these kinds of games and play for maybe an hour at most and it satisfies them. This is one of those titles that should have just stayed in the mobile world and not made its way into the console demographic, it just doesn’t work.
Overall, Doodle God: Ultimate Edition is a mediocre title that really didn’t need to come to Xbox One and PS4. The game is priced at $10 USD and that is outrageously priced for a game of this magnitude. While yes, it is a console game and they are priced more than mobile…this is a title that at most cost you $2 on the Google Play Store and this title does not add much content. This is a title I would stay away from unless you are really needing a Doodle God fix and even then, why not just play the version on your phone.
Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
FINAL sCORE: 3/10
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