With the vast gallery of games available for my Android device, I often play many that aren't my normal fare. Silly Sausage definitely fits that bill. The game is an interesting side scrolling puzzler with a stretching puppy as the protagonist. Essentially, it's a unique take on the old game Snake that was a standard on many basic cell phones. Only this time, the player must navigate a stretching dog through obstacles to collect gems and reach various checkpoints.
The atmosphere of the game is cute and engaging. The colors are bright and the backgrounds are filled with sausages and various crazy characters. The soundtrack is oddly catchy, as I even found myself humming the tune later in the day. From a visual standpoint, the game is quite good. Unfortunately, that's about the only positive to this mobile game.
The gameplay itself is greatly flawed. The first thing I noticed while playing was that the touch input recognition was poor. Often times, I'd swipe the character in a direction and the game would either ignore my command or go in a different direction completely, and I found myself shutting down the app out of frustration on several occasions. Much of the core game felt poor and disjointed. When the game was responding correctly, the puzzles themselves were a bit boring and definitely repetitive. Before long I was playing through the same uninteresting puzzles with one or two obstacles shifted around on the screen. It's unnoticeable for the first twenty levels or so, but after that it seems like the puzzles were just slapped together without much thought.
However, the most regrettable aspect of the game is their lack of player motivation. There aren't any extras to earn, no customizable characters, and no worlds to unlock. I don't have a problem with simple games, but I'd like some sense of objective beyond the basic “see how far you can go” aspect. Silly Sausage seemed a bit lazy, to be blunt. Once I grasped the general concept of the game, it became a simple rinse and repeat as I cruised through, tackling more and more bland objectives.
After several hours of play, I award Silly Sausage the dubious Poop Man from the Game Awry Review Scale. I didn't hate this game. But I absolutely didn't like it. There weren't many redeeming qualities, and worst of all, there was really no reason to play. Why is this dog collecting gems, and why do i care? The massive amount of apps on Android can be both a blessing and a curse to mobile games. Unoriginal games like Silly Sausage can easily be ignored. While it allows many developers to get their games exposure, it also allows the user to grab an infinite number of better alternatives. With Silly Sausage, most of those alternatives are a much more tempting choice. - Mike Burdette