Platform styled Windows Phone games can appeal to a wide range of age groups and Hopping Penguin hopes to draw in an audience of gamers from all ages. The game controls are simple enough for our younger gamers, while game challenge might interest the older crowd. It is an entertaining, casual Windows Phone title and one of this month's AdDuplex HERO Apps.

The HERO Apps program is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex network and partners AdDuplex with myAppFree, AppDeals, PluralSight and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month. Our role in the HERO App campaign is to offer a little exposure to these titles by sharing them with you, our readers.

Available for low-memory Windows Phones, today we shine a little light on Hopping Penguin from Immobile Games.

Hopping Penguin

Hopping Penguin is a rather simple Windows Phone game to pick up and play, but that shouldn't be read to mean it's a pushover of a game. There are plenty of challenges with game play to go along with Hopping Penguin's casual pace and cartoon graphics.

The main menu offers options to play the game, visit the game's Facebook page and access the game's settings. Hopping Penguin's settings are basic and covers muting the sound and viewing the gaming credits.

Hopping Penguin

The story behind the game has a thief stealing the penguin's ice cream making robot in the middle of the night. Your penguin must follow the trail of ice cream pops and catch the thief.

Game play spans over fifty levels of play, each requiring your penguin to collect a set number of ice cream pops. Controls are simple, tap the screen to make your penguin hop over obstacles and dangers. You can also tap multiple times to have the penguin hop from side to side and climb shafts. The penguins forward motion is automatic with no means of stopping him. This adds to the challenge of the game and you'll have to stay alert to hop over all the dangers.

Hopping Penguin

Dangers include bottomless pits, ice spikes, walruses and more. If you tap and hold your jump, the penguin will jump a little higher. Each gaming session affords you three lives and you fail the level. You can continue game play but only after a full-screen ad appears.

Scattered along the ice and snow are ice cream pops, sundaes and other treats that can be collected to help unlock additional gaming levels or unlock additional penguin characters to play. Levels are replayable in case you come up short on your ice cream quota and Hopping Penguin starts you out with a few hundred pops to give you a fighting chance at unlocking the first few levels.

Hopping Penguin

Levels do progressively become more challenging and if a new gaming feature comes into play, a short tutorial will be displayed before you try to tackle that level. Levels do have checkpoints, so if you lose a life, you don't have to resume play from the very beginning of the level and will return to that checkpoint.

Overall Impression

All in all, Hopping Penguin is a fun, casual paced platformer game available in the Windows Phone Store. Graphics and animations are nicely drawn up in cartoon fashion. Game play is challenging and probably suitable for some of our younger gamers as well as the older crowd.

I really cannot find anything detrimental to Hopping Penguin. The game ran smoothly and overall an enjoyable game to pass the time with. Hopping Penguin is a free gaming title available from the Windows Phone Store and supports low-memory devices. It is one of the older games in the Store and at last check, pulls down a 4.7 Star rating.

If you have tried Hopping Penguin, let us know what you think of the game in the comments below.

Download Hopping Penguin from the Windows Phone Store

512MB RAM devices supported

QR: Hopping Penguin

AdDuplex HERO Promotion

AdDuplex is a fantastic resource for the cross-promotion of Windows Phone and Windows apps. AdDuplex has launched a new program designed to help developers promote their apps even further with free access to various tools and resources from AdDuplex.

The HERO Apps promotion partners AdDuplex with Windows Central, myAppFree, AppDeals and PluralSight to provide additional benefits to the top apps every month that include:

  • Vouchers to advertise on AdDuplex
  • One month subscription to Pluralsight Plus
  • A featured campaign with myAppFree
  • A featured campaign with AppDeals
  • A review here on Windows Central

If you are a Windows or Windows Phone developer, you can sign up for the HERO Apps program here at AdDuplex's website. To participate in the program, you will need to apply within thirty days after your app or game has launched on the AdDuplex network.

Windows Central is already partnered with the myAppFree campaign and is proud to be partnering up with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. It is another excellent opportunity to help promote both the Windows Phone and Windows platform.