Wreck-It Ralph is an arcade game based around the recent movie of the same name. Both are made by Disney who have released several successful games such as Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry?. Wreck-It Ralph is actually a combination of three mini games. It features Fix-It Felix Jr., Heros’s Duty and Sweet Climber. The games take us on a nostalgic lock back at the history of video games to the blocky, eight-bit look of the 80s. Each of the games are accessed through the main menu called Game Central Station.
Fix-it Felix Jr.
In Fix-It Felix, Jr., your characters job is to go around and fix the windows broken by Ralph. You have a joystick on the left side of the screen that you can use to move up, down, left and right and a button on the right that you have to tap to fix a window. As you move around, you have to avoid the bricks that Ralph throws down from the top, as well as any birds that might fly around. There are multiple stages in the game and each stage has multiple levels. In each stage you get three lives and on each level you have a fixed amount of time to fix all the windows. If you run out of lives or levels then the game is over. Like old-school games, there are no checkpoints here, so if you die you have to start from the first level. The game starts fairly easy at first but difficulty increases as it gets harder to avoid the bricks falling down from the top. You also get a lot more windows to fix and things such as flower beds and open windows make it difficult to move around quickly.
Hero’s Duty is a top-down shooter that must be played in landscape mode. In this game your play as Sergeant Calhoun, your job is to shoot the cy-bugs with your gun and occasionally you get power ups which change your weapon temporarily to something cooler, such as a flame thrower. You get waves upon waves of cy-bugs attacking you and once you finish them all, you progress to the next level, where you face bigger cy-bugs.
In Sweet Climber it’s Ralph’s time to shine in an endless climbing game similar to Doodle Jump. Tilt controls and fizzy jet packs are used climb as high as possible and gain the highest points. Jump from candy stalk to candy stalk while watching out for weak branches. Collect as much candy as you can while trying not to fall down.
Wreck-It Ralph has a leaderboard where you can see where you rank against players around the world in every game. You can also log into Facebook and compare your scores against your friends’. In terms of visuals and sound, Fix-It Felix, Jr. has been designed to resemble classic arcade games and it succeeds in doing that. The type of gameplay, coupled with the graphics and sound brings back memories of old-school 2D games. The other two games adopt a more contemporary look and borrow the visual style from the movie. There is also a fourth game in Wreck-It Ralph that is not yet available but should be out soon.