There’s something intriguing about Fathead, but honestly, I don’t really know what it is. The game is pretty standard — similar to other titles like Jelly Car or Epic Truck, the goal is to drive a physics-based vehicle across a 2D world, landing jumps and flips as you can. And Fathead has the same issues that those games have: The physics can be a little sticky, and the gameplay is a little simple, given that you really only have one button to control.

But Fathead remains fascinating anyway — maybe it’s the well-rendered little motorcyclist, but I found myself trying again and again to get to the next checkpoint and beat my previous score. I do wish there was a little more to the gameplay — maybe there could be items to collect as you played along, some more tricks to do, or a little something else to mix up the gameplay just a little bit more.

But I can’t argue that what’s there is still well-done, spare and simple as it may be. There is Game Center integration for leaderboards and achievements, and I can only guess that updates are on the way as well. But for 99 cents for the universal version there’s a solid chunk of entertainment to be had here.

Daily iPad App: Fathead originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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