- Release date: 2/3/2020
- Developer: Voodoo
- Publisher: Voodoo
- Genre: Misc
- Content rating: 12+
Simulators as a genre have seen a huge increase in popularity lately, spawning thousands of different games with all kinds of gameplay concepts. Woodturning is one of those games, and it lets you take a virtual chisel to cut all kinds of shapes from a log. The concept may be charming, but its implementation seems to have its flaws.
Graphics and Sound 3/5
Woodturning features a rather simple yet colorful visual style, offering you nothing but a virtual log on a blue background. There's also a special shape on the top of your screen showing you how close you are to finishing your product. The game isn't too impressive visually, but it has a couple of nice effects that add a lot of charm to the gameplay. These effects include clouds of realistic sawdust that fly around your chisel, and they come in different shapes and sizes depending on what instrument is being used.
While the actual art of woodturning requires great precision and skill, the game fails to provide you with controls to match that level of precision. They just aren't responsive and comfortable enough to be realistic, and that makes the entire gameplay a little bit dull. Anyway, the controls are simple, so if you just want to spend a couple of hours in this game without getting too serious, Woodturning is a simulator just for you.
The gameplay concept is rather original – after all, do you know other mobile games that allow you to become a virtual turner? Well, we neither, but Woodturning didn't quite manage to live up to our expectations. The gameplay itself is quite simple: you choose a shape and then start to cut the shape from a huge rotating log using different chisels. Once that shape is reached, you can use a sponge to make your product smoother. Finally, you can spray paint the result.
Lasting Appeal 2/5
The gameplay is nice, but it's just too simple, so the game gets boring pretty quickly. Every shape can be done with only one chisel and a sponge, and there's no room for mastering skills. That means the game is great to play once or twice, but its lasting appeal remains low.
Despite having a promising concept, the game turns out to be too simple and unrealistic to be called a simulator. But it's entertaining enough to last for a few hours at least.
Pros : Interesting concept;
Nice visual style;
Cons : Clumsy controls;
Gets boring quick;
Very annoying ads.
Replay Value 2
Average : 2.6
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