|Platforms||Android 4.3 and up|
Kwalee is known for its simple yet surprisingly addictive games. Interestingly, PLANK is one of the newest addition to their games and it will surely not disappoint. PLANK is a simple physics-based arcade game that will take you to a series of colorful levels with a varying range of difficulties. As what the title of the game connotes, this game is about nothing but planks. The main objective is to help your character reach one platform to another by building a bridge out of planks. Your challenge is to adjust the length of the plank and make sure that it is not too short or too long to reach the next platform. If you think you are skillful enough to master this game, feel free to explore this game and see how far you can go.
The mechanics for this game are generally simple and easily manageable. However, despite the apparent simplicity, PLANK is surprisingly tricky. As what mentioned above, the main goal is to help your character reach the finish line by successfully passing through one platform to another. To do so, you must layout planks to connect two platforms together. The tricky part of the game is that you need to properly adjust the plank. You make sure that the length of the plank is not too long or not too short to reach the next platform. Otherwise, the character will fall and the game will come to a quick end and you have no other option but to start the same level back from the very beginning.
Generally, here’s how the game works. As soon as the game starts, it will prompt you right away to the first level. Tower-like platforms will appear one after the other. To reach the next platform, simply tap and hold the screen to adjust the length of the plank. Once you are satisfied with the length and if you think it is long enough to reach the next platform, simply release the hold to bring the plank down. Each level takes you to multiple platforms and you must overcome them all and reach the finish line to clear the stage. You are being scored based on the accuracy of your planks.
Rescue Animals and Use Powerups
What really makes this game more engaging is the fact that it is not just about reaching one platform to another. It comes with other special goals such as rescuing animals and collecting useful powerups. This part reminds me of Voodoo’s Animal Rescue 3D at some point. Interestingly, once an animal is rescued, it will start following your main character on all the succeeding levels. So if you have rescued five animals, you will be followed as well by five animals while crossing the plank. To add some interesting humor to it, the animals will actually not follow you when you fall.
Aside from rescuing animals, the game will occasionally offer you some useful powerups. Players can take advantage of the Helper Lines. These powerups allow you to adjust the length of your plank as accurate as possible. It will show you a virtual ruler to tell you when to stop and also to get a perfect score. You can only obtain helper lines if you watch a reward video. To top it all, you can only use a maximum of three helper lines per level. Take note that the player’s score is merely based on accuracy. The score ranks from Okay to Perfect. Whatever score you have from the previous level will be accumulated to the next level. However, falling will instantly break the streak.
Unlock New Avatars and Explore New World
Another interesting element of PLANK is the overwhelming number of colorful and hilarious characters to unlock. There are two ways to unlock a new avatar. First one is through the random gift boxes that you will encounter in some levels. Once you have obtained a gift box, it will unveil a randomly-generated avatar. The second way to earn a new character is through watching reward video. Simply head over to the main menu and tap the Free Character button. The game will give you free characters in a certain time interval in exchange for watching a reward video.
Like the first method, characters are also randomly-generated. Currently, there are 46 colorful characters to unlock from Worker to Santa to some prehistoric people. Speaking of prehistoric, the game will also allow you to unlock and explore a new world. You will soon unlock the Prehistoric world and you are free to switch back to Plank City anytime you wish to. Exploring other worlds also feature unique animals. Plank City features normal animals while Prehistoric will highlight different dinosaurs.
Simple, fun and addictive. This is how you can perfectly describe PLANK. If you are looking for a very light game that you can confidently play anytime and anywhere, PLANK is definitely a perfect fit. Appearance-wise, PLANK is an absolute visual delight. It is adorned with colorful details and is also matched with well-fitting music and audio effects. Much like most games published by Kwalee, PLANK is a very light game that it won’t consume much of your phone storage. To top it all, the game works perfectly well even without an Internet connection. Currently, PLANK is available for both Android and iOS devices and you can download this amazing game for free. Cheers!a