Go UP! - a simple jumper of a Windows Phone game

Go UP! is a simple Windows Phone game that tests your speed and judgment skills. Unlike other jumper games where you simply tap the screen to jump, with Go UP! you need to tap a corresponding button at the bottom of the screen that matches the label found on the tree limb you are jumping to. The goal is to jump as high as possible before time runs out.

One wrong button tap will send your player falling to their fate, ending the game early. Go UP! may be a little on the basic side for some but the developer did a good job of creating a Windows Phone game that will help pass the time.

Layout and Game Play

Go UP! Main Pages

Go UP! has a series of main pages that includes:

  • An About page that offers instructions on how to play the game and a launch tile that will send you into the game.
  • A Settings page that offers three game modes. You have two time modes (15 or 20 seconds) to see how high you can climb in a set time and a 50 Climb mode where you are timed on how long it takes you to climb fifty limbs.
  • High Score page that lists your top scores with each game mode.

The game screen layout has your score/time displayed at the top of the screen and your jump controls lining the bottom of the screen. Game play is simple. Each branch is labeled with two jump control button symbols. To jump to that branch, just tap the corresponding button that is at the bottom of the screen.

Some branches will have power-ups that, when landed on, will send you up a few branches or slow the timer.

Game play isn’t difficult but when you add the pressure of the clock, Go UP! can be a slightly challenging Windows Phone game. The game will test your skills at speed and recognition. Recognize the right button to press to climb the tree, tap the right button and repeat the cycle quick enough to climb as many limbs as possible. You will be surprised how often your mind says tap the “A” button and your finger finds the “B” button instead.

Overall Impression

I have to admit, when I first looked at Go UP! the game didn’t make that great of an impression on me. After playing the game for a short time, the old saying “you can’t judge a book by its cover” kept coming to mind.

Go UP! Game Screens

Graphics are plain, the layout basic and the game concept simple. Yet as you get into game, the pace of Go UP! gives the game a slight challenge and appeal. I don’t know if Go UP! can hold up to lengthy gaming sessions but for shorter bits of time the Windows Phone game should do just fine. The developer wanted to create a game to help you kill the time with and I think they are on the right track.

The developer is planning on beefing up Go UP! by adding custom challenges, an online leaderboard and more. As is, Go UP! is a nice foundation that the developer can build upon and if you are looking for a mini-game to help pass the time with, it is worth a try.

Go UP! is a free, ad-supported game that is available for both Windows Phone 7 and 8.x devices. You can pick up your copy of Go UP! here in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Go UP!

George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.