Getting Freaky with Karnival

Posted: November 2, 2009 in Uncategorized
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In celebration of Halloween, I thought I’d talk a little bit about a new app for your iDevices called Karnival. Similar to sim games like Rollercoaster Tycoon, Sim City, etc, Karnival lets you build a carnival of your own complete with a freak show. With each town you visit, you have the opportunity to unlock different freaks, whether it’s the fire eater, the bearded lady or a generous assortment of other walking (or crawling oddities). Raise you fame and fortune enough and you’ll gain access to other rides as well.

You start out with a ferris wheel, and from there build up your small carnival and start traveling the country. As you progress and gain other attractions you also unlock mini games; whack a mole, ring toss, and a fortune teller are what I’ve gotten thus far. By swiping your your fingers across the screen you can zoom in and zoom out and watch as the customers ride the rides. You can also place food and drink stands, souvenir stands to make more money; beware though, placement is critical. Put something too far away and you’ll get nothing for your investment.  Rides and stands can and do break down, necessitating repairs. Fortunately you can pay the expenses and they’re back up and running as fast as you touch the button.

Running your carnival is as simple or complex as you want to make it. you have the ability to set ticket prices, how many tickets each ride costs, or you can keep it on the default-though you’ll mostly just break even doing it that way.

The graphics and attention to detail are second to none-and given the small download-35 megs, it’s all the more astonishing. Music works well, and you can also use music from your own library if you choose.

At 5.99, Karnival may be one of the more pricier apps in a sea of 99 cent play and throw away, but you’ll be traveling the circuit long after everyone else has gone through a dozen games.



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