Windows Phone Game Review: World of Rabbit - The Dig
World of Rabbit - The Dig is an interesting, well animated adventure game for your Windows Phone. It's really hard to put your finger on what type of game World of Rabbit is. It's part time management, part adventure and part strategy.
You are tasked at managing a rabbit population that will dig deeper into the ground to create burrows that generate energy and food as well as rooms for rest and entertainment. As you generate energy you can build more levels. As you generate more food more rabbits become available.
You use your entertainment and sleep areas to keep your rabbit population happy. World of Rabbit is a game of balance, management and patience with a bit of addictiveness added in for good measure.
The game screen layout has your food and energy counters up top. In the center is a rabbit skull that will pull up the options menu that includes a tip section. The first level, the surface, shows your rabbit count. The first sub-surface level is where your rabbits appear. There is an indicator showing how much food is needed to generate the next rabbit. There is a profile button (the television set) that will take you to your Barking Seed profile page that will hold all your game stats, scores, and gaming friends. There's even a "shout out" feature to send your gaming friends a message.
At the very bottom of the gaming screens is your room/area creation controls and the amount of energy needed to dig a little deeper and build a new area. Again, you can create energy, food, entertainment and sleep rooms.
When you first launch World of Rabbit - The Dig, you are carried through a tutorial that will walk you through the first handful of accomplishments. You'll start by moving your first rabbit into an area to construct an energy generator. From there you'll build enough energy to build a food area, which you will then use to build enough food to generate additional rabbits.
Moving your rabbits from area to area is accomplished by tapping/holding on the rabbit and dragging them to where you need them. As the rabbits generate food and energy, icons will appear in each area that can be collected (tap on them) towards building new areas and rabbits.
While the rabbits do a great job generating energy and food, they can get cranky when overworked. A smiley face emoticon will appear above the rabbits who need to spend some time in the entertainment area. A Zzzz symbol will appear when the rabbits need to spend some time in the sleep area. Once the symbols or icons disappear, the rabbits are good to go back to work. If you wait too long to get your rabbits in a good mood, they'll form a picket line and go on strike (you'll see picket signs saying they won't work).
World of Rabbit - The Dig is an addictive game that has you juggling your rabbit population constantly to make the rabbits happy and productive. While the game does have an addictive quality, it lacks a help section to help define what the end game is. The pop up help sections that appear in the early stages of the game helps, but the game really needs a reference section for beyond. Each new level brings a new set of animations and backdrops but it's hard to pick up on the ultimate goal of World of Rabbit beyond digging as deep as you can.
My only nit with game play is that every now and then as I'm swiping up or down through the various levels I'll pick up a rabbit inadvertently and send them to new areas. The game is challenging in that you can only move one rabbit at a time but it can mess up your timing if you move someone by accident.
World of Rabbit - The Dig does have an addictive quality to it and managing your rabbit population will keep you on your toes. One minute they are happily working, the next they need a nap. Rooms are limited in number (a FULL sign will appear when you max them out) so you'll need to spread the little guys around.
Oh... speaking of addictiveness, the game play continues even when you are away from the game. At first I thought I was seeing things but every time I came back to the game my rabbits had been rather productive in my absence. Not sure how this is accomplished but the result is that you'll face a lot of work when you return to the game collecting food and energy, sending rabbits to the entertainment area and sending them to take a nap.
All in all, World of Rabbit - The Dig is a fun game for your Windows Phone. I would say it's greatest weakness is the lack of a help section with the game's strength being the animations. In between you have an addictive, entertaining, fun time waster of a game.
World of Rabbit - The Dig is a free game for your Windows Phone. You can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.