Doodle Jump Hop Edition (FREE: iPhone)

Doodle Jump Hop

We’ve all come across Doodle Jump – that infuriatingly addictive game in which you have to guide a cartoon scribble up a series of platforms without falling down or falling foul of similarly garish aliens.

Well now there’s a new edition on the iPhone to tie in with the release of the Easter Bunny cartoon Hop (which those of us with small children will no doubt be dragged along to see during the school holidays). And while the format is the same, it looks very different indeed.

This time you’re guiding E.B, the Easter Bunny’s son (a cute looking rabbit in a blue check shirt) through the platforms, although Doodle The Doodler from the original version also comes along for the ride. Instead of aliens he is faced with a series of giant growling chicks which he has to see off by flinging Easter eggs at them. Otherwise it’s pretty much business as usual.

There’s not a lot of point to this app really – other than to promote the film of course, and if your kids are planning to see it then they’ll probably love this – but then again was there really any point to the original Doodle Jump other than as a time-wasting exercise?

This version loses some of the charm of the original in that the settings are much slicker looking, as opposed to the action taking place against the backdrop of an exercise book that someone has scrawled on – but the basic principle remains the same, and it’s still a lot of fun. Or at least it would be if we could last longer than two minutes’ worth of gameplay before falling to our doom.