Mouse Tech: Fix-It Felix Jr.

Wreck-It Ralph 8-bit (Mouse on the Mind)Fix-it-Felix Jr. is given this very brief description in the App Store:

Disney and Wreck-It Ralph present Fix-it-Felix Jr! If there’s something to break, there’s something to fix and this game’s got a lot of both!

You are Fix-it-Felix Jr., cleaning up Wreck-It Ralph’s messes with your magic hammer. The app is rated for ages 4 and up, and it’s simplistic enough to appeal to younger users.

How Does It Work?
Download the app to your iPad or iPhone, and you are ready to say “I can fix it!” At the start of each level, Ralph will break the building’s windows, and you, as Fix-It Felix, fix each of them with your magic hammer, which is controlled via an in-game joystick activated through the touchscreen.

As each level progresses, Ralph breaks more windows. Barriers and additional falling items are also added, making the game increasingly difficult. In the upper levels, Ralph sometimes re-breaks windows once you’ve fixed them, adding an additional layer of difficulty. If you fall off the building or get hit by falling debris too often, Felix will lose a life. Points are awarded based on how many windows you can fix before time runs out.

My Thoughts
I really wanted to enjoy this game, but several flaws stopped it from being sufficiently immersive:

  1. I found the touchscreen joystick awkward to maneuver as the game difficulty progressed.
  2. The difficulty increased exponentially, and soon reached “Nintendo Hard” proportions.
  3. The color palette made it difficult for me to see the obstacles Felix must navigate each level in his unending fixing mission.
  4. Lastly, Fix it Felix Jr. lacked that je ne sais quoi that makes even simple and repetitive games fun. Why do Russian music and flashing blocks entertain when flying bricks and fixing windows bore? If I knew I’d have a famous 8-bit game and have made many, many thousands of pennies.

Fix-It Felix screenshots (Mouse on the Mind)
Full disclosure: I played on an iPhone, so it is possible that at least my first complaint would fade when the game is scaled up to a tablet-sized screen. That said, the game is supposedly optimized for iPhone 5, so it should be well designed for play in the smaller format.

The app is currently free to download on iTunes, but  I honestly don’t recommend it. I really enjoyed the movie, but the small pleasure found in interacting with a few characters is far overshadowed by the limitations of the game. There are many better options available to help you drain your battery while pleasantly wasting time.

 

App Name: Fix-It Felix  (iTunes)
Developer: Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications
Version: v1.2
Size: 28.1 MB
Available on: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (requires iOS 4.3 or later)
Price: Free
Overall: A fun diversion, but there are better time-wasters.