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For Moonbot Studios, the story is the most important part of any app this app developer releases. (And expectedly so. This team created the Academy Award-winning animated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and expanded it into a successful iOS app.) But it also knows how to pull an audience in: All I heard was the phrase "Pegasus kitten" and I downloaded Lollipop 3: Eggs of Doom immediately.
Lollipop 3 is Moonbot's first dive into making an app focused on gameplay, with a background story that supports it. "There's a lot more story that we want to get out," said Bohdon Sayre, Moonbot's chief technical officer, "and you'll see more story vignettes unfold the more you play."
Before you begin with the app, it's crucial that you watch Lollipop 3's in-depth intro video to learn the whole backstory behind the game. To sum things up, two brothers — the good JoyJoy and the evil JonJon — are at odds with each other, and JonJon has turned all of Earth's good creatures (you know, like bubblegum piglets and panda centaurs) into evil ones, trapping them inside of eggs.
JoyJoy recruits three inherently good creatures to help him save the innocents from JonJon. In the game's first chapter, which is currently the only chapter available, you play as the Kitten of Splendor, and you need to hatch falling eggs before they hit the ground and unleash the bad guys within.
Yes, it sounds wacky — and it is — yet that is Lollipop 3's charm.
Gameplay is pretty straightforward: Just tap and hold the falling eggs until they hatch. Each level starts out pretty easy, with only one or two eggs falling at a time, but eggs will fall with more fervor as the level progresses. You'll need to cram as many fingers as you can onto your display to catch each egg. (That's why playing on the iPad is a somewhat more enjoyable experience than with a smartphone, as it's a bit easier to catch eggs on a device with more screen real estate.) You're given three lives per round, so dropping more than three eggs results in a fail.
Capsules occasionally drop down with the eggs; they contain power-ups to assist you along the way. The rainbow, for example, hatches all eggs that fall into its path, where the nest catches stray eggs for you to hatch later. Hold down on a capsule to activate the magic within, just as you would an egg. If you're not ready to use that capsule, feed it to Star Cloud, the fluffy cloud at the top of your screen who is in charge of dropping eggs and capsules.
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