(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really a full fledged game review as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a certain game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know whether it’s worth your time/money or not.)
With all the games that release on the App Store on a daily basis, you tend to see the same stuff over and over. Flying cars, fidget spinners, the floor is lava, etc. So, it’s really refreshing when you come across a game that’s totally unique.
Last week I found a new game called MOW (Minimal Over Wheels) by indie developer, Raul Lopez Romero/ZeusSoft. At first glance, it looks like another top-down racer with a unique art style. That honestly couldn’t be further from the truth with MOW.
It’s hard to describe what MOW actually is. The best way that i can put it is that it’s virtual drivers training mashed up into a game. It’s crazy. The object in a lot of the levels is stuff like, obeying traffic signals, stopping at intersections, slowing down for speed bumps, merging into traffic, passing other vehicles, etc. You get the idea. There isn’t any racing at all. It’s just about making it from “Point A” to “Point B” without breaking any laws or crashing.
That’s not all though. You also have to manage your vehicle. You have to keep an eye on your fuel and the wear on your engine. You will need to stop at gas stations and garages to fuel up and fix your vehicle on your trip. If you run out of fuel or your engine overheats, it’s game over.
Even though it may not sound like much on virtual paper, MOW is a lot of fun. The whole game feels like an art piece to me. So much work went into every detail. From the beautiful visuals, to the female voice throughout the game that sounds like your GPS navigation. The swipe controls work really well while driving and it does have a catchy little soundtrack. MOW might not be for everyone, but for me it’s been a unique experience that will be hard to replicate. Games like this are what I love about indies.