Coco Loco iPad Review

Chillingo's Coco Loco is a straight up Angry Birds clone, except the developers at Twiitch replaced Rovio's feathered friends with marshmallows (what!?), tasked with rescuing their friends from chocolate Aztec warriors (huh!?) by drowning them in hot coco (the hell!?).

Three things:

-Playing this game makes us hungry.

-The heroes look adorable.

-It's better than Angry Birds.

Of course, there's more at work than just cute marshmallows. Introducing coco adds a unique spin to the proven formula, and the physics are spot on. There's a wonderful sense of satisfaction that comes from whacking a "mallow" with a baseball bat (think slingshot) and watching the little guy tip over a cauldron of chocolaty goodness, which proceeds to spill all over the place, smashing through wood and somehow igniting barrels of TNT to cause chain reactions that send debris flying.

We're also big fans of jelly, another hero that expands to form a blubbery mass that clogs drainage pipes. On top of that, ninja marshmallows effortlessly slice through rope, sumo wrestlers bounce and explosive characters, well, explode.

Not only that, but the game is easy on the eyes, with detailed stages full of visually appealing treats. We don't know what's in that jelly, but we'd certainly like some.

Of course, if you grew tired of Angry Birds, there's a good chance Coco Loco won't seem appealing, but we strongly suggest giving it a chance. Although it heavily "borrows" ideas from the incredibly popular series, a smattering of new concepts set it apart. On top of that, it's virtually delicious.

Review code provided by Chillingo.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

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What's Hot: Whacky concept, spilling hot coco all over the place, using jelly to solve puzzles, a delicious cast of characters.

What's Not: Plays almost exactly like Angry Birds.

4/5