Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow | Developer: Jam City via their game studio TinyCo | Platform: Mobile | Rating: 7.5 / 11 |
All seemed well for the planet express crew until mating hypnotoads (glory to the hypnotoad) ripped open holes to a perpendicular universe! Now Fry needs help to save everyone and rebuild New New York while doing so.
The familiar game play of Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, modeled after other successful collection and city-building type games, will let players comfortably dive right in. But don’t be fooled! This is no copy and paste with a different skin slapped on for aesthetics. Games such as this naturally involve large amounts of waiting around for your characters to perform tasks, but in Worlds of Tomorrow there is plenty to seek and keep you invested such as the addition of space missions, classic (ironically pixelated) 16-bit combat and multiple outfits for each character (each one giving them different, unique abilities). All of which makes this game quite refreshing.
In Worlds of Tomorrow, there are three types of currency: Nixonbucks, Hypnotons and Pizza. The game does a good job of making each type of currency valuable! Nixonbucks, the basic do-everything currency of the game, are slow to come by at first. Unlike many other games that give you a silly amount of useless currency and precious few of the good stuff. Hypnotons, that you can only obtain through space missions, allow you to unlock new land to continue building your New New York. Pizza, the game’s premium currency, offers particularly eye-catching features like Bender’s gigantic Pharaoh statue and with patience, LOTS of patience, anyone can obtain these treasures. Or you can spend real money to obtain pizza faster, to speed up the process.
In true comedy fashion, the game both encourages and mocks you for, well pretty much everything you do. From trying to help Bender figure out how to be a robot, to buying useless flower decorations, or arguing with Lrrr (ruler of planet Omicron Persei 8), you will feel both a profound sense of purpose in saving the universe and at the same time wonder what the hell you are doing.
The music, the characters, the pseudo scientific rambling we all know and love hits the mark with Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. Not surprising knowing that creator Matt Groening and the original Futurama writers were involved in making the game. Even the trailer has Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Stephen Hawking and George Takei argue over who is more worthy to introduce this new game. So grab yourself a rare slice of Futurama pizza and download the game before the hypnotoad makes you!