“Thunder Bunny” is a simple one-touch control game developed by Files Studio. It's a colorful game that is super easy to pick up and play. You take control of the titular Thunder Bunny, a magic wielding bunny rabbit determined to eliminate the alien threat taking over. It's a decidely basic game; but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Thanks to simple to understand game mechanics and a focus on improving a high score, “Thunder Bunny” is a game appropriate for all ages and players.
The game structure is simple. Placed at the bottom of the screen, the Thunder Bunny shoots projecticles by clicking anywhere on the screen. Enemy ships will appear on the screen at different heights, bouncing across the screen like a game of pinball. Players attempt to hit the ships with a focus on accuracy, as you only have two misses before it's “game over”. It plays out similar to classic games like “Space Invaders” and “Galaga”.
Each destroyed ship earns you one points, with “perfect hits” earning you one star and three points. “Perfect hits” are achieved by shooting the enemy directly in the underbelly of the ship. The stars earned from perfect hits can be spent on new “worlds”. As of the time of this review, there is only one additional world to unlock for 500 stars. These worlds provide a new backdrop and tweaked enemy intelligence. While the secondary world doesn't offer too much in variation, it's refreshing to have a new visual aesthetic to play with. With the developer openly promising more worlds to come, it'll be interesting to see if they can switch up the dynamic even more. A small challenge mode or collection of powerups would vastly improve the replayability. Hopefully they implement some of these smaller extra mechanics to ensure the clicks keep coming.
Additionally, stars can be used to continue gameplay after losing. You can also gain extra lives (and unlock the secondary world) using red diamonds. These diamonds are the premium currency of the game, and can be purchased in packs of 10 for $1.99, or 20 for $2.99. Fortunately, continues using stars are easily achievable, so those looking to keep their wallet full won't have an issue.
The only real downside to the game is the large amount of ad use. While most of these ads are skippable after a second or two, they appear too much. Starting a new game will force you to watch an advertisement, but that's understandable. Simply pausing the game also nets you an advertisement, which is a bit obnoxious. If you want to pause the game quickly to pick up a phone call, you will have to wait the additional five seconds to skip the ad. It's a small gripe, but one that's ever present.
As a complete package, “Thunder Bunny” is a fun and simple game that can be played for long stretches and in short bursts. The focus on accuracy makes it a challenge for more experienced gamers, while casual gamers will enjoy raising their high score and battling their friends. The controls are simple enough that even a toddler can enjoy playing, and that's a positive in my book. The large amount of ads can be a bit annoying, but it's a small detractor. Since the game doesn't force premium currency on you, and all extra content can be unlocked via play time, the ads can be forgiven. In general, “Thunder Bunny” is a great game to occupy your time during the commute to work, or to occupy your child during car rides. It's a solid mix of arcade gameplay and skill improvement, and one of the more interesting single-touch games I've played.
Reviewed by Matt