Jump, throw, and don’t die! That’s all you really need to know about the Woah Dave! experience. There’s no gimmick to the gameplay, or any weird mechanics to worry about. It’s about surviving as long as you can, avoiding monsters and collecting those shiny, shiny, pennies. Simply put, if you like Super Crate Box, Muffin Knight, or the original Mario Bros. Then you’ll feel right at home here, it’s an arcade experience through and through and an addictive one at that.
Once you get into how simple the game is, you begin to start coming up with different strategies as to how to dispose of the enemies that start charging at you. Do you chuck the skull bombs at the eggs before they hatch? do you wait until the egg hatches, and then use another egg to destroy the monster? or when would be the best time to use the “Whoa” block? these are all questions you start asking yourself after a game or two, and that’s when the addiction starts setting in. The music and the visuals are fantastic, and it really does make you feel as though you could’ve very easily had played this game 30 years ago, even though you actually never did. The action is fast, and you have complete control over Dave, and yes, this is true on the touch based iOS version as well (I would suggest using the pro controls, if you’re looking for the best option).
If you’re debating as to whether or not you should pick this game up, then you’re already spending too much time not playing Woah Dave! A simple arcade experience may not be exactly what everyone is looking for, with games like Destiny, Dragon Age, or Super Smash Brothers sucking up everyone’s precious gaming time, but quite honestly, even that’s not a good enough excuse to at least not give the game a shot. Just do it, you won’t be sorry.
Woah Dave! is currently available on iOS, Steam, and the 3DS. With plans to be released on Android, Playstation 4, and the Playstation Vita, in the upcoming months.