Jack Lumber, Never Knew Chopping Down Some Trees Could Actually Be Fun [iOS Review]
After debating back in forth in my head I decided to play Jack Lumber, and I am going to be honest I wasn’t really planning to write a review of it, but the game really got my attention. When I first saw the video trailer, I immediately thought of Fruit Ninja, but the game is truly different. Read on to find out what this game is about.
The graphics on the game look pretty good. The backgrounds also change often and the effects when you chop wood are cool too. All the gameplay is basically done in slow motion.
The controls in the game are so simple, all you ever do is slide your finger through the screen in order to chop wood. I found this game to be more forgiving than Fruit Ninja. In this game you can miss some wood, and you will still be alive, however, it does affect your score. Jack Lumber is not an endless game, there are actual levels to beat.
At the end of each level, you get to rescue an animal. Jack loves animals and hates trees, so saving the animals is a must in order to beat the level. There is a cabin where you keep all the animals you have rescued so far, you can also access a store there as well. In the store you can buy single use power ups and there is a good variety of them. Some power ups help you if you missed and didn’t chop some wood.
Each level is pretty fast, it only lasts about a minute. The goal in the game is to chop all the wood you see. Once you see wood on the screen, all you do is touch the screen, and that will put you in slow motion mode. Once that happens, you will want to slide your finger through the pieces of wood. You will have to pay attention, cause some woods requiere you to do different stuff. Some have a clock on it, if you chop it, then it will give you extra time. Some have an arrow, that means you have to chop that piece of wood in the direction it shows. Others have a number, that means the number of times you will have to chop that piece of wood. You only have a certain amount of time to chop all the wood, so you will have to be fast.
The game starts out pretty easy, but it does get more challenging. At the end of each level, you will get a score. You can get up to 3 stars, and it is important to do your best, cause you will need those stars in order to unlock other levels. As the game progresses, it does get harder to get 3 stars, but it is still fun. There will be other challenges you will face. Some wood have fire, and others have ice. You will want to chop the fire wood first, and then chop the ice one. Sometimes you will see honey in the levels. If you chop the honey, it will make the wood sticky and will not move for a while making it easier for you to chop them.
You do get wood while playing and you can use it in the store to buy stuff. You can also get more through in app purchases, but there is definitely no need to pay extra money for wood. Wood does seem to come in big amounts. There are also goals you can achieve during the gameplay, and if you do, then you will get a reward.
The story is kind of interesting. Jack’s grandma died and was killed by a tree, and now he wants revenge. He absolutely hates tress and wants to destroy them all. Jack does love animals, so now you have to chop trees and save all the animals.
The replay value is decent, I personally think an endless mode would add even more replay value. There are lots of things you can buy in the store and try them out, so that part is nice.
Jack Lumber is definitely worth 99¢, however the price of the game will go up, so hurry up and get it while it’s cheap. I enjoyed the game and found it unique and fun. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is looking for a different game. The game is also universal.