Review Stony Road
Tap your way around the pond
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 24 Feb 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Gorgeous design, simple mechanics
Incredibly intrusive ads
The first time I booted up Stony Road: Piece of Cake for Android, I was greeted, briefly, with a title screen and then a barrage of video and banner ads. So many ads that the initially the options were blocked from being accessed and ending with my game crashing. Welcome, friends, to another atrocious arcade game by Ketchapp.
The best thing about the majority of Ketchapp developed games is the graphics. Ketchapp has really managed to nail a simplistic but beautiful aesthetic design that mirrors how simple its games are. But while its games are simple in concept, they are incredibly difficult in execution. Surprisingly enough, Stony Road actually comes in three levels of difficulty, so if you find the base difficulty level too easy then you can crack it to 11 right off the bat. I didn’t do that.
And I still failed.
But like I said, the game is simple. You tap the screen once to jump in the air. Once you’re in the air, you can tap again to double jump. The jump range can be both deceptively short and long. You might feel you’re jump far enough that you’ll cover that huge gap, only to land just pixels short. On the next jump you might try to overcompensate a shorter jump and die another premature death. Such is life in mobile arcade games.
Stony Road isn’t really a bad game. It’s simply another arcade game. If you need another platformer in your life then this one has all the right check boxes marked. But, if you’re like me, you probably can’t forgive Ketchapp for their obtrusive ads and bland game design. You wouldn’t be blamed for that.