Evel Knievel

Review: Evel Knievel reminds you what it means to crash and burn

Published On November 21, 2015 | By David Temple | iPhone/iPad, Reviews

Most know the phrase “jump the shark” and what it means. A lot of these people know it comes from an episode of Happy Days, but did you know the show got the idea from daredevil Evel Knievel attempting to jump a tank full of real sharks in 1977? The real event went wrong, but you can give it a try in Evel Knievel from Barnstorm Games. There are also some rattlesnakes and a host of other things Evel actually jumped, but you can try it from the safety of your living room (or wherever else you have some time to waste while playing with your iPhone).

Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel is a motorcycle-based obstacle game replete with jumps, loops, burning barrels, and many things waiting to fall on you. The basic goal is to make it through the obstacle course and hit the final ramp with enough speed to make the last jump.  If you fail, the game will provide you with some wonderful reminders of what it can mean to crash and burn:

Evel Knievel

As you progress through Evel’s history, the jumps get longer, the obstacle course more difficult, and the stunts more outrageous. Like a good game, this one sets you on the coin collecting path early. Get them all because you will need them to upgrade your bike; more horsepower means longer jumps. After a few levels, you will hit a point where you need a new bike and will have to decide between playing a few levels a few more times or paying real coin so you can afford that new bike (sorry, no trade-in cash in the game world).

The premise is nothing new, but in the modern game scene this is no surprise. If you are into Evel Knievel, or if you just like obstacle course games, this one is okay. The more advanced courses are tricky enough with the timing and controls to make it a bit of a challenge. Besides, there is some satisfaction when you stick the landing just right (too bad they don’t have a little “crowd goes wild” cheering when you do, but there you are). At $0.99 it’s a bargain for a few hours of diversion.

Genre: Arcade action
Seller: Barnstorm Games
Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (see iTunes store for model requirements)
Price: $4.99
Availability: Now at the iTunes App Store
Grade: B

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is a denizen of the subterranean man cave from which he has been reviewing iOS and Mac games, Mac related gear, and other oddments since 2011. David is an aficionado of many things, and a generally odd individual.