Not to be confused with Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece, Dune is a fast paced side-scroller meets puzzle app game with simple controls but a learning curve steeper than a pyramid. Full disclosure, I am absolutely terrible at this game.
The controls are incredibly simple. Press the screen to get your little ball rolling, remove your finger when you are about to hit a jump and press your finger again when you want to land. The trick is all in the timing, which is rather… tricky. If you don’t time your landing just right your ball will crash and it’s game over. If you are lucky you can immediately try again. If you are unlucky you get an annoying video ad followed by another annoying ad and sometimes a redirect to the app store. Fun!
Once you get going and are able to land a few jumps you can find yourself wasting away minutes on this game. I don’t see much to really capture someone long term or for an hour long gaming session but there is certainly some potential here when you need to kill a few minutes. The graphics are pleasing to the eye and once you start completing some challenges you can unlock some cool visual changes like a nice shiny flaming ball instead of the standard white q-ball.
The main knock against this game is that the ads are unpredictable, annoying, and take you right out of the gaming experience right when you are starting to feel that sweet, sweet sense of addiction. Despite the ads this is still a game worth checking out if you need to kill some time or really like sandy hills.
Overall Score: 3/5