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iPhone Review: Doodle God

Posted on 2nd Aug 2010 at 12:06 by Joe Martin with 14 comments

Joe Martin
Doodle God shouldn’t really be a game. Viewed objectively it’s almost impossible to see why it would be any fun at all, in fact. And yet, it’s probably the most addictive thing I’ve played in the last months and I find myself getting it out at every available chance.

Doodle God casts you as the clueless creator of a brand new world and tasks you with filling said globe with items, which is accomplished by weaving together the basic elements. You start with the absolute minimum – Fire, Water, Earth and Air – and from there you move forward, creating Dragons, Zombies, Beetles and Vodka by adding things together.

It’s fast, easy going to begin with and the first few combinations are fairly logical – Fire plus Earth creates Lava, for example. As you go on though the combinations get more ludicrous and it becomes more difficult to think of new items and keep track of what you’ve tried already. Within a few moments you move from thinking “What is the point of this?” to spending every waking minute pondering what you can make next.

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How do you make Beer?

You see, Doodle God may look like a rather pointless and tedious exercise, but underneath the icon-driven interface it’s actually an incredibly addictive exploration game. You can spend ages trying to divine new combinations and items out of the world and, while you’re frequently bashing your head against your iPhone in frustration, it always keeps you wondering what’s around the next corner, figuratively speaking.

Our favourite thing about Doodle God though is the way that micro-stories end up emerging from the gameplay too, as happened when we created Dragons and then spent ages trying to find out what could kill them. Dragons plus Humans yielded only Dragons and Ash, and for a while we were stumped. The breakthrough came when we invented Metal, which allowed us to make Tools, then Weapons, turning Humans into Hunters, Hunters into Warriors. Warriors plus Dragons creates Meat, Blood and Heroes.

We admit that we were dubious of Doodle God’s appeal to begin with, as even explained in detail it still doesn’t sound much more interesting than working out all the possible combinations one by one. The proof is in the playing though, as Doodle God eventually turns out to be one of the most interesting games on the store, despite the boring-sounding premise.

Verdict: Very much a recommended game, Doodle God is an absolute classic for the iPhone - and includes more combinations and items over the Flash game that James blogged about previously.

Doodle God is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Buy it from the AppStore for 59p / 99c.

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GreatOldOne 2nd August 2010, 13:13 Quote
Still waiting on the next "episode" to turn up, as I finshed the game weeks ago.

Once you have developed the cellphone, try reacting it with a certain fruit... ;)
JCBeastie 2nd August 2010, 13:57 Quote
I tried it, didn't really interest me tbh. If however you are the kind of person who likes to systematically pair up icons in the hope that you get a new icon then this is for you!

Is this the new stamp collecting?
Tom @ CCL 2nd August 2010, 15:06 Quote
Will grab it tonight, seems like the great sort of boredom buster for 10-15 minute blasts...
Yslen 2nd August 2010, 15:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by JCBeastie
I tried it, didn't really interest me tbh. If however you are the kind of person who likes to systematically pair up icons in the hope that you get a new icon then this is for you!

Is this the new stamp collecting?

if you're playing by trial and error, you're playing it wrong. the fun of the game is in either figuring out what should logically combine to give you something new, or what will combine because the devs have a sense of humour.
Aterius Gmork 2nd August 2010, 17:35 Quote
Is the Iphone version as ridiculously easy as the flash version?
C-Sniper 2nd August 2010, 17:41 Quote
This was a good game in the beginning when the mixing made sense. Once it got beyond that some of the combos had no rhyme or reason.

This is also up on newgrounds if people want to play the flash version
Faulk_Wulf 2nd August 2010, 20:27 Quote
I hope to see this on Android as I love the flash version.
PingCrosby 2nd August 2010, 23:34 Quote
There's 2 snakes in my boot.
GreatOldOne 2nd August 2010, 23:46 Quote
Yay - new version with episode three available in the app store now! It's downloading to mu phone as I type. :)
Tom @ CCL 3rd August 2010, 10:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by GreatOldOne
Yay - new version with episode three available in the app store now! It's downloading to mu phone as I type. :)

Nice when you purchase something and then get an update 30 mins later!

Love the game, its had me thinking a lot. Promised myself I wouldnt try to spam combinations.

Now the question is, how do I make metal!? (don't tell me, and I refuse to google it)
Hamish 3rd August 2010, 11:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Faulk_Wulf
I hope to see this on Android as I love the flash version.
Alchemy, its free too ;)
bahgger 3rd August 2010, 16:26 Quote
What does it say about me that I discovered beer before bread?
Daimer 4th August 2010, 03:06 Quote
You can also play it for free on anything that supports flash (android)
armorgames(DOT)com/play/6313/doodle-god
Kris 6th August 2010, 14:48 Quote
Just created beer! all else can wait :D
p.s. totally right about the addictiveness, was playing it at home behind my pc, then left it open as i didn't finish it in time :)
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