Doodle God Review
- Wonderfully unique concept.
- Deeply satisfying every time you discover a new element.
- Some combinations don’t make as much sense as they should.
- Now available in 13 languages: English, Dutch, French, Spain, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish & German.
- New Visual “Planet” Mode allows players to see their planet come alive as you play.
- New “Mission” Mode offers new challenging puzzles
- New Artifacts Mode: Collect ancient artifacts like Stonehenge created by amazing triple reactions.
- Mold fire, wind, earth, and air to create the Universe.
- Create 300+ advanced items and concepts.
- Intuitive one-click gameplay encourages thoughtful, creative play.
- Hundreds of interesting, funny and thought-provoking quotes and sayings.
- New “Puzzle” mode. Create locomotives, sky scrappers and more
- New “Quests” mode. Can you save the Princess or escape a Desert Island?
- New reactions with existing elements and episodes.
- New achievements.
- New Elements encyclopedia with Wikipedia links.
- Improved mini-games for arcade fans.
The elements themselves are broken up into 14 groups like fire, animals, bacteria. Discovering new groups proves to be just as satisfying as discovering new elements. The whole process is incredibly simple – just select two groups to list all of the available elements, and then select two to see if they combine. If they do, fantastic! If not, start searching for another possible combination.
Doodle God was great fun, but it could also be incredibly frustrating. There were moments in the latter half of the game where it would feel like every conceivable combination had been made, and the 3-minute wait for the hint timer to recharge seemed to take forever. We were also a little disappointed that we couldn’t simply “play god.” When I combine a fish and a bird, it’s because I’m trying to strike gold with the next platypus here. Instead, I’d be met with a buzzer sound letting me know they didn’t make anything. Not to argue, but I’m pretty sure they’d create a bird.
115 is a lot of combinations, but it’s also a finite number. This means that some combos you’d expect to make something simply don’t because the end result wasn’t included in the 115. Inversely, some of the combinations don’t make the least bit of sense. I understand how fire and oil make energy, and I love that combining life and corpse creates a zombie, but how on earth does combining life and stone make an egg? Or bacteria and swamp to make sulfur?
Regardless of some late in the game frustration, the unique mechanic of simply combining items to discover new items was incredibly addictive. If anything, the frustration came as a result of how much fun it was. Getting stumped happened like clockwork, and we were having so much fun when we weren’t stumped that we didn’t want that excitement to stop.
“Doodle” is associated with low budget high school notebook visuals, but in Doodle God, that’s simply not the case. Every element has it’s own small, yet perfectly recognizable, icon. The element groups have much larger icons, and a great deal of artistry went into making these stand out. Add some famous quotes every time a new element is discovered into the mix, sometimes silly and sometimes poignant, and you’ve got yourself a game with a good deal of charm.
Doodle God is simple, accessible, and fun. Things can get a little frustrating from time to time, but if you’re looking for a unique title with a surprising amount of charm and polish, you’re going to have a great time here.